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Published 5-9-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Iyanla Vanzant, Max Lucado, Book of Isaiah, St. Ignatius of Loyola


Dear Readers,

Today we look at disappointment, that sinking
black hole in the pit of your stomach. Remember
to trust in the One Who Is and that hole of dis-
appointment fills with hope and courage.

- Lisa

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I have heard many people say that they were disappointed
when they did not get the position, or the house or the money.
I always ask why. There is a spiritual principle that says you
can only have what is for you to have. Regardless of how
much you want it or think you need something, if it is not
in the divine plan for you to have it, you will not have it.
There is nothing to be disappointed about.
On the other hand, there are those situations when something is
divinely ordained for us and it comes along, but we are not ready
for it. In these situations, things will seem to slip right through our
hands. The feeling is one of disappointment and devastation.
devastation. The lesson is to get prepared. You cannot
lose. Your blessings have your name on them.
When you are ready, an even better
opportunity will be presented to you.

From "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster,1998


He authors all itineraries. He knows what is best. No struggle will
come your way apart from his purpose, presence, and permission.
What encouragement this brings! You are never the victim of nature
or the prey of fate. Chance is eliminated. You are more than a
weather vane whipped about by the winds of fortune...

And be encouraged. God's ways are always right. They may not
make sense to us. They may be mysterious, inexplicable, difficult,
and even painful. But they are right. "And we know that God causes
everything to work together for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them." (Rom. 8:28)

From "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004

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"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through the fire you shall not be
burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses," says the Lord.
"I am God, and also henceforth I am He;
there is none who can deliver from my hand;
I work and who can hinder it?"

Isaiah 43: 1-2, 11-13
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding and my will; all that I have and
possess. You have given them to me; to you, O Lord,
I restore them. All things are yours: Dispose of
them according to your will. Give me your love
and your grace; for this is enough for me.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
Gifted spiritual director and principal founder
of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

The Last Word:

We live beneath the protective palm of a sovereign King
who superintends every circumstance of our lives
and delights in doing us good.

Nothing comes your way that has not first
passed through the filter of his love.

From "Come Thirsty" by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004




























































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