Encouragement · Hope

Moment of Truth Monday

I have been tinkering around with this Moment of Truth Monday concept for a few weeks. I’ve posted these little blurbs on my personal Facebook page, and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. The little excerpts of truth, really just honest expressions from my little heart, seem to resonate with my friends. For that reason, I thought maybe I’d also post them here. Some of you aren’t on Facebook, so this is especially for you! These posts are a tiny peek behind the curtain of my life. I hope they give you courage and hope!

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I have lived through a lot of disappointment in my life. From broken homes to broken promises, it was as if my life was destined for devastation.

Disappointment has a funny way of influencing perspective. I realized one day, after lots of unmet expectations, that I no longer enjoyed relationships and friendships for what they were, but for what I thought they’d turn out to be. You know, “waiting for the other shoe to drop” mentality.

My filter was disappointment. I just knew I couldn’t count on anyone. There is no joy in this perspective. Expecting disappointment prevents you from enjoying what’s right in front of you. It holds you back from dreaming and growing in intimacy.

I had a choice. Leading with disappointment was completely an option {although a joyless and lonely one}. The other option was to give my broken pieces back to the Healer.

We have choices about how we invest our disappointment. It can become a steel trap around our heart, it can make us cynical, it can isolate us and prevent us from taking relational risks. OR…it can become the bedrock of healing and our source of purpose.

I came from a broken home. Disappointing.
I walked through my own divorce. Disappointing & devastating.

After releasing the broken pieces to Jesus, He began a new work in my heart. I wasn’t instantly over the hurt and fear of intimacy, but He gave me new purpose. I developed a heart and love for single mothers.

I don’t know what disappointment you are facing today, but I want you to know I am sorry. Here’s my encouragement to you, don’t get stuck in the disappointment. Don’t let it move in because it’s a TERRIBLE companion. Take my word, friend.

If you are suffocating in a disappointing situation, my heart is with you today. Hold on to this, our messes often become the message of hope we share with the world.

 

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