How to Deal with Frustration as a Christian

Inside: When I find myself getting flustered, that’s my clue to choose God, His truths and promises in His word. Frustration doesn’t have to lead me away from God or keep me from growing closer to Him.

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How to Deal with Frustration as a Christian. When I find myself getting flustered, that’s my clue to choose God, His truths and promises in His word. Frustration doesn’t have to lead me away from God or keep me from growing closer to Him. #prayer #dealingwithfrustration #stress #BibleVerses #God

Who said that problems come in three’s? Obviously, that person has never had more than three trying situations happen to them. By the way, it’s an old wives tale, and most of us can find three bad things happening in a short time period if we look hard enough.

Is it just me, or do you seem to get frustrated a lot?

It’s one thing to be frustrated with my kids, but I’m often frustrated with my faith walk.

My Reasons for Frustration as a Christian:

  • I’m not praying enough or long enough.
  • Praying causes me to fall asleep before I have even finished a complete thought.
  • I’m distracted while I read God’s Word and have to go back and re-read it multiple times, and then I get frustrated and give up.
  • My thoughts are not even close to being godly.
  • I’m still a mess, and my baggage spills out and affects my life.

Gosh, am I making any lead way into becoming more like Christ? Somedays, I just want to throw in the towel, saying that trying to live how God wants me to is just too hard.

The meaning of frustration is: feeling discouragement, anger, and annoyance because of unresolved problems or unfulfilled goals, desires, or needs (Merriam-Webster).

How to Deal with Frustration as a Christian. When I find myself getting flustered, that’s my clue to choose God, His truths and promises in His word. Frustration doesn’t have to lead me away from God or keep me from growing closer to Him. #prayer #dealingwithfrustration #stress #BibleVerses #God

Wrong Focus = Frustration

When I spent some time thinking about it, my frustration is caused by the wrong focus.

Trying to do what others do

I want to be able to spend time praying, fasting, and spending time in Bible studies where I can go deep with God without any interruption.

Here’s the thing, at this season of my life with little ones, these are unrealistic expectations. What I’m focusing is on practices and not on God.

Honestly, God can meet me in whatever season I’m in. Maybe not in the way I expect, but when I least expect it. Click To Tweet

Am I putting my eyes on performing for God instead of ceasing and letting Him fill me? If I’m doing the forming, I am going to find myself frustrated.

Imitating Other’s Faith and Experiences

When I want the visions, promptings, or callings of someone else, it causes me to be frustrated and feel like I’m missing out. It can make me think I’m less of a Christian and start a spiral that draws me away from God versus moving me closer to God.

Trying and imitating aren’t the way to be saved, rather create a relationship and faith in Jesus.

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13 thoughts on “How to Deal with Frustration as a Christian

  1. I can for sure relate to this! There are many days when I’m distracted while reading my Bible, and I end that time feeling frustrated with myself. Thanks for these points that remind me to draw close to God instead of remain in my frustration!

  2. I can completely relate to this when I was a mom of young ones. I have since learned to relax, but I know too well when that feeling of frustration is welling up in me. It’s usually over something small that I can’t get right exactly when I want to. I’m still growing in this area.

  3. I know that we can all relate to this on some level. I know that it helps me to put aside time alone with God. That way I can truly focus. That is often after I drop my kiddos off to school and I am in between time for heading to work. I have to spend time in God’s presence each day to keep from becoming frustrated with things that life throws at me 🙂

  4. I’m in a weary and frustrated season right now…it’s hard. I’m needing to focus more on God – in the way that I need – and not get caught up in the misery and pride of “shoulds” based off of how others relate to God. But with trials come growth, right?

  5. This is great. Especially the ending about imitating others. That is something that a lot of people struggle with. I think sometimes they mean well but don’t realize they should be imitating Christ instead. Im going to share this with my readers.

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