Hope for When Frustration Takes Over

It seemed like a hundred little things.

Nothing earth-shattering or life-threatening, but just enough irritation to feed the bitter attitude that was already there.

The bitter attitude that had taken over without warning.

Now everything in my daily life added to my frustration. Expectations at work, more items added to the to-do list, students who had already checked out for summer break, kids’ less than stellar choices, the long wait at the driver’s licence office…

You get the idea.

Sure, looking back at this list I can see how minor these things were. Just a part of life, really. But at the time, each small frustration held a great deal of power in my life. That’s when I realized I’d let frustration take control.

 

Frustration is something we feel when we are unhappy with our circumstances. And the truth is, frustration is going to happen. But how do we allow ourselves to get to the place where we feel frustrated every single day?

 

How do we respond to frustration?

 

It usually begins with one tiny annoyance, something I could pass over without mentioning. But instead of letting it go, I fix my mind on it. I feed it. I allow it to grow and become a much bigger deal than it ever needed to be.

“You’ll never believe what happened at work today,” becomes my favorite conversation-starter when I come home from work. And when I put those feelings first, I give frustration more power.

Power over my decisions.

Power over my attitude.

Power over my heart.


The good news is, there's hope.

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

The promises in this verse offer hope for when we’ve let frustration gain control in our daily lives. Claiming these promises will put frustrated feelings in their rightful place. Because the way to take control away from frustration is to pay more attention to God’s presence than my feelings.

The way to take control away from #frustration is to pay more attention to God's presence than my #feelings. (Tweet this.)

 

Delight. Joy. Gladness. These are the feelings God has toward us. There’s something remarkable that happens when we think on these things instead of those tiny annoyances. What would happen if we replaced our “You won’t believe what happened at work today…” with “You won’t believe what God did today...”?

The results would be mind-blowing.

So let’s speak delight, joy, and gladness into our circumstances. Let’s proclaim the promises of Zephaniah 3:17 and put frustration back where it belongs. When we replace frustrated feelings with feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will give God control over our decisions, attitudes, and hearts.

 

Blessings, 

Kristine

 

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5-Day Challenge to Better Decision-Making

None of us would expect to find two strangers waiting on our doorstep. I'm sure she didn't either.

Wouldn't it be dangerous to let them in? Are these the wanted criminals she'd heard rumors about? Why her house? Why now?

No doubt, questions swirled like a tornado in her mind. She had her family to think about. Her home. Her future. Yet at a time when she had to make a life-altering decision, she seemed to know exactly what to do.

Her name was Rahab, and she was a stellar decision-maker.

I often strive to be a better decider. I can't tell you how many times I've prayed, "God, tell me what to do!"

But the thing is, sometimes God gives us opportunities to make choices so we can grow in wisdom. He loves us that much. But it's during those times the enemy would like to convince us that God has left us alone. That He abandoned us. But that's nothing but a lie meant to discourage us, because God's Word says this.

 

"For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

 

Rahab's story reminds me of this truth.

God is for us. (Tweet this.)

 

Her story has inspired me to become better at making decisions. And if you've ever struggled with decision-making like I have, I hope you'll join me.

I created something new to help us on this journey, a mini-Bible study called Walking with Rahab: A 5-Day Challenge to Better Decision-Making.

In this 5-day challenge, we will walk with Rahab through the challenging decisions she faced and learn valuable truths through her actions and words. Truths that we can apply to our own lives today.

You'll get 5 days of devotions sent to you by email. At the end of the 5 days, I will also send you a Scripture-based prayer printable for those times when you have a difficult decision to make. It's my gift to you:)

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GET STARTED.

This month I will be welcoming some friends here to share about times when they had to make decisions, and the discoveries they made through God's Word. Because it helps to hear from people who've been there.

We may not always make the right choices, and that's OK. But we can learn how to have joy and peace through the decision-making process.

Blessings,

Kristine

(P.S. If you are already receive my weekly emails, you will still need to let me know if you'd like to get this mini-study sent to you. You can either enter your email address at the link above or just reply to this week's email I sent you with a "Yes!")