The Pool of Disappointment

What discourages you? If you closely examine your emotions, it won’t take long to discover the source of your discouragement.

Vern, my French bulldog, takes it safe. He doesn’t have very high aspirations so he isn’t often discouraged. You won’t find him setting goals which have the possibility of not being met. But since humans can have a tendency to set our bar a little out of reach, occasionally, it causes us to land in the pool of discouragement.

No matter what you are trying to achieve, there will be times when you are uncertain of the path you are taking. Landmarks of success and failure are scattered around you like landmines. And when you step on a stepping stone labeled failure, the bomb of discouragement can blow you off your path.

That’s what happened to me this morning. As an author, my discouragement can be found in the number of book sales. If I’m not reaching the magic number set in my head, a bomb of discouragement blows up. Then what? I can’t change the book sales. That is temporarily out of my control. But what I can do is change what I’m focusing on.

So I started reading different scriptures pertaining to discouragement. Think about Joshua. He was asked by God to lead a group of ungrateful Israelites into the land that he had promised their forefathers. Now Joshua wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. God didn’t give them a yellow brick road. No, God sent them to Jericho where the men were vast and their walls strong and secure.

I’m sure Joshua was overcome with feelings of discouragement when he saw the task set before him. That’s when God stepped in and spoke these words, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:9)

How cool is that! God told Joshua that he will be with him wherever he goes. And I believe this promise can be ours as well. That doesn’t mean that I meet my magic number, but it does mean something much more valuable than book sales. No matter the path we are called to take, God is with us. So when I become discouraged, I should always recall that God has something much better for me than the things of this world.

And if I have trouble reminiscing on this truth, I’m blessed to have my little dog to prompt me to remember the simple things right in front of me.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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