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Life can be joyful.

But it can also be disappointing at times.

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Fortunately, you have a loving God who cares about your joys and your disappointments.

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Let’s find out what you can do about it and how God can help.

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We’ll look at three common feelings around disappointment and give you a simple activity to help you work through them.

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  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Stress
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  • Sadness

Sadness is a very normal feeling to have around disappointment. Just remember two things:

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Your sadness is real now, but it isn’t forever.

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God loves you and is there for you. He can bring peace to your soul.

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

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Let’s jump into a quick activity to help put your sadness into perspective.

Although the rock is still there and very real, it’s much smaller than before.

Now that it’s not filling up your screen, notice the blue skies or the beauty of the scene.

You can practice this in your life right now.

Visualize your situation as this rock.

Notice how it takes up so much of the screen …

that it’s hard to see anything else.

Now tap the screen …

watch the rock become smaller …

and smaller ...

until it almost disappears.

Take a few moments to notice the beauty around you. If you can, go outside and observe the sky or the ground. There is always beauty in God’s creations.

If it feels like no one understands, just remember that Jesus does, for He was “despised ... of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”

see Isaiah 53:3

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Stress
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  • Anger

Anger often accompanies disappointment. You may be angry with someone else, yourself, or just the situation.

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No matter where your anger is directed, God can help calm your emotions.

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You can turn to Him for help.

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Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you.

Ephesians 4:31

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Ok, let’s start by getting out all your negative feelings.

Write down everything you’re feeling angry about—all your fears, frustrations, and disappointments.

SKIP THIS ACTIVITY

Nice job. Now that you’ve gotten them out, let’s break them up.

Tap on your words to watch them break apart and disappear.

Now that you’ve gotten out your angry feelings, take some controlled steps to resolve any issues you’re having. Pray before you begin.

If needed, a conversation with a friend can help you get out the rest of your angry feelings.

It can be the person you’re angry with if appropriate, or it can be someone removed from the situation.

Pray for the Lord’s direction as you take proactive steps to change or improve the situation you’re angry about.

Nice job. Remember that anger is not a sin, but rather what you choose to do with it is what counts.

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In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Ephesians 4:26

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  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Stress
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Stress can be a natural response to disappointment. It’s a basic fear of the unknown future.

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As with all uncomfortable feelings, God is there for you.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

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Let’s try a simple but powerful exercise to help calm your feelings of stress through breathing.

First, get in a comfortable position wherever you are.

Imagine this balloon as your lungs. As it inflates, take a long, deep breath in.

Why does it work?

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Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.

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Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

“Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation,” Healthwise, Dec. 15, 2019, uofmhealth.org/health-library

And if what you’re going through feels impossible, just remember:

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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13

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