by Lesley Cartwright
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah 61:3
Often when we experience setbacks or disappointments, the stress of dealing with it can almost seem like there is no way out. These setbacks can be betrayal, heart-break, divorce, disillusionment, financial setbacks and the like.Whatever your poison, I want you to know that this is not the end of the road for you. Every dark tunnel ends with daylight. Don’t give into despair and let hardship take over rational decisions. Don’t run for the hills!
The bible is full of people who experienced failure and disappointment. They lived with the same desires and encounters that we do but what made the difference was their attitude towards it. In Numbers 14, Joshua and Caleb were sent out with 10 other people to spy out the promised land but they were the only ones who came back with a good report. They didn’t focus on the giants, they had a different spirit! What you focus on becomes your reality!
Take action: Think about the setbacks or disappointments that you are facing and give God praise for the good things He has done in your life. A thankful heart keeps you from criticism. A negative outlook produces a negative life. Look to God for your crown of beauty and give Him your ashes. After every sunset, there is a sunrise!
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