How to Process Disappointments

Do you want to know how to process disappointments biblically?

Here is a sneak peek of my guest post for my friend Stacey Pardoe’s website Encountering God in the Ordinary about how to process disappointments biblically.

Perhaps you had certain goals and dreams this year that didn’t come to fulfillment. Life is full of opportunities to get disappointed when things in our work, ministries, or relationships don’t develop the way we expect.

My latest disappointment stemmed from the realization that one major goal I set in my writing ministry this year didn’t come to fulfillment. Disappointment is painful, but it is also dangerous and unwise if we let it be unprocessed.

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How to Process Disappointments

Letting disappointments linger is dangerous because this can harm us in at least 3 ways.

First of all, disappointments breed lies like the following ones: “I am not good enough at what I am doing”, “There is no point in chasing this goal or dream”, “I am a failure”, “It is better I don’t try again”, or “I will never see fruits from my work.”

Next, unprocessed disappointments rob us of our passion and desire. Have you noticed how experiencing disappointments sucks the passion and desire out of you? Our motivation dwindles and we find it difficult to go on with our work and our ministries. What used to bring us joy now brings doubt and frustration.

Third, disappointments can make us pull away from God. This is the biggest danger. We start doubting the Lord’s call on our lives and if we heard Him correctly. Perhaps we question the vision and the promises He gave us. We can accuse Him of not helping us accomplish what we wanted. All these emotions may cause pulling away from Him.

Unprocessed disappointments breed lies, rob us of our passion and desire, and can pull us away from God. #disappointed #mentalhealth #Christianliving Click To Tweet

Read the rest of the post to find out which are the 6 biblical steps to process disappointments at Encountering God in the Ordinary and be strengthened and encouraged.

Encouraging Bible Truths in Processing Our Disappointments

I have prepared a printable of the 8 Biblical truths to help us in processing our disappointments. Click on the image to download it.

A Helpful Resource to Process Disappointments

Do you want to change and transform the way you think about your disappointments? This e-book “How to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement” dives deeper into this topic. You will learn about the role of our expectations, desires, rights, and needs, as well as the role of false beliefs, and more biblical steps to overcome disappointments. Click here to get it into your email box today!

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More Encouragement for You

If you need more resources, encouragement, and comfort in processing your disappointments, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.

Draw Near: How Painful Experiences Become the Birthplace of Blessings by Hadassah Treu

Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert

Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst

Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley

Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge

All Things New by John Eldredge

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Your Turn

What is the greatest disappointment you struggle with right now? Share in the comments. If you found this post helpful, share it on social media to bless others. Thank you!

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11 Replies to “How to Process Disappointments”

  1. Thank you for setting out so clearly the things that happen when we don’t process our disappointment. It’s so true that it can ruin motivation. I think that is the big one for me. The Bible verse printable is lovely and a great visual reminder of where we should turn in disappointing times.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Yes, I have experienced struggles to stay motivated too due to unprocessed disappointments. I am happy that you find the printable helpful!

  2. Wonderful post to you and Stacey both! Learning how to process disappointments in 6 biblical ways is so helpful. Thank you for the great tips.

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