Lately I find myself frustrated a lot! Frustrated in my singleness and the whole dating scene. Frustrated on my job and the increased workload. Frustrated in my business trying to consistently produce income and stay passionate simultaneously. And as I was speaking to my therapist the other day and the word frustrated slid from tongue, I said to her "I'm going to stop using that word" but in the moment I couldn't find no other way to express my feelings.
Immediately the Holy Spirit reminded me of the words I spoke in my book Saved, Single and Frustrated, "Frustration is the result of trying to do, on our own, what only God can do." Then He said, "Frustration comes to force you to act impulsively, instead of rushing to fix it, learn to embrace the P.A.U.S.E:"
Pray - Invite God into the situation, allow Him to comfort you. Acknowledge His presence, power and grace. Tell Him you need His help to overcome it.
Acknowledge your feelings and release them in a healthy manner. Getting angry and going off, or stressing out causing your blood pressure to rise does not solve anything.
Understand the situation. Get clarity on what is being asked of you, the goal or vision of the task, and why it frustrates you in that moment, etc.
Strategize - Create a clear concise plan of attack. Implement the Who, What, When, Where and How method: who can assist you, what do you need, when does it need to happen and why, where will it take place and how can you obtain the expected results. Often times if you take a moment to strategize you will find you have skipped several steps trying to rush the outcome.
Embrace change - Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Remember it's only temporary. Once you instruct your brain on what to do, when it comes again, it will not bring the stress and anxiety with it.
Meditate on these scriptures and let God speak
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. -2 Corinthians 2:11
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands. - Psalms 138:8