Plans had not gone as I’d hoped. I’d planned, I prayed, I did my part, and yet, I was left feeling disappointed, discouraged, and frustrated.

I don’t know if that has ever happened to you, but sometimes we pray and make the best-laid plans, only to be left wanting, unfulfilled, and discouraged. Did we hear God right? Was He even listening? Was there something blocking the answer to prayer or the fulfillment of His promises?

Sometimes life throws a curve ball and things just don’t go the way we expect. What then?

As a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, patients frequently come into my office feeling frustrated, discouraged, and disillusioned. “What now?” they ask. At the heart of their question is the underlying question, “How do I handle my disappointment and discouragement?”

I’m so grateful that just as Scripture promises, we have already been given everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). When I experience that disappointment and discouragement, I look to His word for perspective. The enemy would love for us to focus on our disappointment and discouragement, but turning our attention back to God is a guaranteed attitude re-set.

These are 15 of the verses I cling to in times of disappointment and discouragement:

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16).

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, he knows those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

“Therefore we do not lose heart.… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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I’d love to hear other verses that you cling to in times of disappointment or discouragement, in the comments below.

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