Friday, June 8, 2012

"FAN THE FLAME" FRIDAY - Frustration

Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: frustration

What is the difference between feeling frustration and being angry?

What stirs up frustration in you?

How do you deal with frustration?  How do you think God wants us to deal with it?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. For me frustration means I have become weary about a particular matter. It's then that I need to step back and get a new perspective.

  2. If I'm frustrated I'm not necessarily angry. I'm dissatisfied with a particular situation, and frustration sets in when I feel somewhat powerless to do anything about it. When I'm angry my adrenaline starts to pump, and I'm ready to do or say something to remedy the problem.

  3. When I am frustrated, I am totally aggravated with myself. When I am angry, that is when sin can creep in.

  4. I am laughing...I truly should not have come here nor should I answer...this week TOTAL is it really just a state of mind, some times I wonder?

  5. I think frustrated is being upset with what is going on but doesn't evoke the strong emotion that anger can evoke. I think being frustrated over a long time could get one to become angry about a situation if they allowed themselves to. Clutter makes me frustrated :) I think God wants us to be patient and turn it over to him; but it is a continual act of work and faith (at least on my part :)

    I hope you get some rest this weekend Sharon!


  6. Hi Sharon,

    Hmm many things have been causing me frustration recently - think that is all I can say at the moment. Except that getting wet everyday, freezing, wearing a winter coat in Flaming June, hearing news of floods in this country, etc etc, is almost just too much frustration, until I stop and remember, many are worse off and with all that is happening God is in control and in Him must I Trust.

  7. My input this week:

    What is the difference between feeling frustration and being angry?

    I've pondered this. It seems that I get frustrated when I am thwarted by other people or by circumstances. My plans get interrupted, or something I'm trying to accomplish gets delayed - those kinds of things frustrate me. However, it seems that I get angry when either one of two things happens. Either I get hurt and react with anger, or I feel that my "rights" have been violated. Both of those things cause me anger. Frustration seems to come because of an *outside* situation - anger seems to boil up *within* me.

    What stirs up frustration in you?

    I am frustrated by unreturned phone calls, broken sprinklers, stalled cars, and any number of the little aggravating things that happen in life!!

    Currently, I am totally frustrated at the many changes occurring by moving to the mountains. I am still trying to figure out the internet thing. (Thanks to all of you who made suggestions - I think I should be able to connect one way or the other).

    How do you deal with frustration? How do you think God wants us to deal with it?

    Sometimes I'm able to laugh it off - most often I get really cranky about it. Sometimes my frustration leads to anger, mostly when I make everything about *ME*!! But, I think God doesn't want us to let our frustration or our anger lead to sin. We must be wise about how we act, and what we say, when our emotions ramp up.

    God wants us to remember that He is in charge of everything, and that there isn't one thing that happens outside of His will. And Jesus did tell us that life was going to be this way. In this life, you WILL have trials and tribulations. Life IS broken - the world does NOT operate according to the original blueprint. However, there is a perfection that God will bring back to us, to the heavens and the earth. WHY? Because Jesus OVERCAME!

    I will do my best to maintain a proper attitude the next time I get frustrated. After all, I do not *run the show*!!


  8. Hi sharon...I can so relate to what you and the others said. The best way I found for dealing with my frustrations is to get out of the house and go walk in the woods...somewhere quiet far away from the things that are getting to me. Being out there alone calms me and I can hear Him there. In the house I can't stop the frustration for some reason. Also talking things out with a friend who I know won't judge me and let me vent.

    Hey and everything in your situation will work out for your highest good. He's got it.....Moving is a stressful thing....praying for you....

  9. I think frustration is a prelude to anger. As long as I'm just frustrated, I have hope that things will change.

  10. I commented here!!! I don't know what happened to it.

    Do you see why I'm trying to clean up the computer?


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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