The Brave Choice

Have you ever had to be brave?  Have you ever had to make a brave choice? 

Honestly, if you asked me years ago, I would not have described myself as brave. I thought bravery was for the heroes who swoop in and save the day. But after walking through a devastating loss, I have a new definition of bravery. 

These words are from a guest post that I wrote for my friend’s Brave Women Wednesday Series. Each week, Becky highlights a different woman’s story of God’s faithfulness as she finds hope in the middle of loss, strength during times of uncertainty, and courage to combat fear and anxiety.

Friends, I cannot wait for you to read my Brave Woman post and hear my new definition of bravery.

Here is the link to my guest post: https://www.beckyberesford.com/post/the-brave-choice-to-invite-god-into-our-pain

I love God’s perfect timing! Not only am I on a guest on Becky’s blog, she is a guest on my podcast this week.

Becky Beresford is a fellow Hope Writer and friend. I love her passion for helping women embrace their worth and find their true identity as God’s daughters! To listen to our conversation, click on the following link: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o

Honestly, her Brave Women Wednesday Series is my favorite! It actually inspired me to start highlighting other writers and God stories on my podcast. Like me, God placed a book on their hearts and even though their books are not published yet, their story of God’s faithfulness is just as powerful.

Friends, so excited to share with you my Brave Woman guest post! I just want to ask you, “Are you ready to make the brave choice?” It will change your life forever.

Love, Jodi

3 Growth Steps to Help You Handle Disappointment

Disappointment is the hardest emotion to manage, and it happens when our expectations do not match our reality.

Are you walking through a season of disappointment? Have you had to cancel important events due to the coronavirus? Friends, I understand. Let me share with you three growth steps God taught me in the middle of a recent disappointment.

1. Be honest with how you are feeling.

The plane landed, and I gasped as I read my friend’s text: Glacier Park was on fire. I could not believe the words I was reading. Having walked through a local fire the week before, I could not wait to leave the smoke behind and head to the beautiful lakes and mountains in Montana. Tears filled my eyes as I realized this trip would look much different than I planned.

Friends, I know life looks different than you planned right now. Before we can move past this disappointment, we have to be honest with how we feel. Sharing with my family and friends, I put a voice to my feelings and in return received empathy from them. I encourage you to do the same.

2. Change your focus.

Even though my trip looked different than what I planned, a loved one encouraged me to shift my perspective. To avoid getting stuck in disappointment, I needed to look at my circumstances through a different lens. Maybe you do too. Are you going to dwell on the negative or are you going to look for the positive?

What if your disappointing circumstance is actually an opportunity to invite God into the situation?

I had the privilege to interview Lysa TerKeurst on her book, It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way for my Depth Podcast. One thing she encourages us to do is to see our disappointments as divine appointments! This will definitely help change your focus.

3. Avoid extreme statements.

Friends, I wish I could say this was the end of my disappointment. As the vacation continued, the air quality changed from unhealthy to hazardous. I also took a drastic change for the worst and went to an unhealthy place emotionally. I have a tendency to go “all bad” when I feel disappointed; I start using words like never and always.

If we stop and really evaluate the situation, life is not all good or all bad but actually somewhere in the middle.  There are no perfect vacations or perfect families. We all have struggles. In fact, disappointment might rear its ugly head multiple times these next couple weeks. When it does, let’s remember this truth from Lysa TerKeurst’s book:

So thankful we have a God who cares and wants to help us through our difficult times. Praying we can hand him our disappointments today!

Love, Jodi

Note: If you are walking through a season of disappointment, I highly encourage you to listen to the truth Lysa TerKeurst shares on my Depth podcast about her book, *It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way. Here is a link to our conversation:  https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o

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