Choosing to Win Despite Setbacks

tornentHave you ever been laid off or let go from a job and afterwards, you felt like a failure?  Or maybe you’ve been in transition, whether going back to school to pursue a degree, starting a new job, having a new baby, getting into a new relationship, leaving a bad relationship, or just wanting to make a simple career change.  Can you relate?

At times in our lives when things like jobs, people, pets, or something special to us is removed or taken away from us unexpectedly, this can cause grief, anger, and from my experience, can cause emotional hurt and anger towards God if not careful.  I share this because I want to encourage you to not loose heart when uncontrollable things happen in your life.

There was a time in my life when I got let go from a job and for months, I had let the situation that was beyond my control affect me emotionally.  I had bitterness, which I did not realize until months later, and I was allowing my past job situation to affect my confidence in the workplace.  Can you relate?

This is just one example that I’m opening up myself to share, as I’m sure many of you reading this can relate.  Over the years, God constantly reminds me how despite the many setbacks that have taken place in my life, that He is still with me and that I need not put my confidence in my career, in people, in my friends, family, and not even in my husband.

God is the ultimate source that can provide everything we need, despite what things look like in the natural.  People will tell you their opinion of how you should handle a situation, but remember that God has the final say so.  I am reminded of this scripture…

2 Timothy 2:13 – If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

freedom-handcuffs-hands-247851I want to encourage you today to shift your focus off of your unfair situation that may have happened a few minutes ago, a few hours ago, a few days ago, and maybe a few months, or years ago.  LET IT GO!

In my job loss situation for example, once I let go of the disappointment, bitterness hurt, and embarrassment, I felt like a load was lifted off of me and that’s when I slowly began to see that I was still worthy, still fearfully and wonderfully made, and still worthy of ALL that God had in store for me.  It didn’t matter what the world may have done to me, but only what God was doing through me.  This applies to you too!

God reminds us in Revelation 3:7 that what He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts, no one can open.  We can be at peace knowing that if God opens a door for us, then no man can shut it, and the same for when God closes a door.  No one can open the door that God shuts. When I began to truly understand and receive this Word, my mindset began to change when I faced circumstances beyond my control.

fingers-free-freedom-296282My prayer for you is that as you read this message, that God will speak to your heart and that you will receive His love, grace, and mercy, as you’re either in the midst of your situation or just coming out of it.

Be encouraged by this message and remember that what God has for YOU is just for YOU.  How have you overcome setbacks in your life?

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Thank you so much for reading this blog and embarking upon this inspirational journey of life with me!  If you were encouraged, inspired, or can identify with the message/story, please feel free to comment.  I’m sure others will be encouraged by hearing YOUR story. 






4 thoughts on “Choosing to Win Despite Setbacks

  1. I love this, Ryan. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mental drama when life happens, We’re so quick to make things mean something negative about ourselves, and then we repeat these negative thoughts so often we believe them to be true. If we can let them go, we’ll have more energy and bandwidth to see all the opportunities and goodness around us. Thanks so much for this uplifting message today. 🙂


  2. Very good read Ryan! I agree. It can be easy to focus on the storm instead of on God. It just helps me to remember that God is always in control. And, that your trust has to lie totally in him and not people or circumstances.


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