The Antidote for Disappointment
The experience of disappointment seems to be incredibly common. We are easily disappointed by the food we receive as we pass quickly through a drive-thru, or disappointed in a product we purchased, or disappointed that our efforts didn’t bring some greater reward. If you’re like me, the kinds of disappointments that really get me down, are those which happen when people I love let me down, or I discover something that taints my picture of a situation or an ideal. This past Sabbath I experienced a disappointment when I received a response from one of my family members that I did not want. I had hoped for a different response and was overwhelmed to the point of tears. Fortunately, I walked away from the situation without imposing a response back towards my family member that would have brought them disappointment! Instead, I walked away without reacting, gathered my hurt feelings and chose to turn my disappointment towards God. Instead of fixating on the disappointment (the way I often do!), I began to praise and thank God for all that He had done. I thanked Him for His forgiveness in my life, His kindness to my family and I, His generous love and provisions, my healthy children, my loving parents, my husband who protects me and provides for me, a meaningful place of employment where I can be free to follow God, freedom from bondage, freedom to make choices and express my opinion openly without persecution, the ability to use my hands, brain, legs, voice, for a home in heaven, chance after chance to receive redemption from my bad choices, the ability to breath clean air, the Holy Spirit as my friend, teacher & comforter, new hope and mercy each day, the Word of God, the armor of God which protects me, healing from pain and broken relationships.
Scripture tells us that we are to “be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we make it a habit of turning our disappointments into gratitude and directing praise towards God, there’s a sweet peace that displaces the disappointment. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Whatever your disappointment today, don’t forget that God has abundantly given you His attention, to receive your gratitude and provide your heart and mind with comfort and peace in the midst of your disappointment.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of March our school is emphasizing the character value of Honesty. Scripture verse: “Tell each other the truth because we all belong to each other in the same body.” Ephesians 4:25
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 23: Grades K – 6 Parents, tomorrow Elementary Report Cards will be sent home. For those parents who have not yet booked an interview, you still have time to do this. Use the button below for our on-line sign up. We look forward to seeing you here!Elementary Parent/Teacher Interview Sign-Up
CHRISTIAN BOOK FAIR AT CWAA: We are excited to have the ABC at our school this week to provide our students with Christ-centered literacy resources! Come on out & share in the excitement!
2017-18 REGISTRATION AT CWAA IS OPEN FOR ALL NEW AND RETURNING FAMILIES: Classes continue to fill up as families bring in their registration forms. Fully completed applications are processed in the order that they are received. If you have any questions about registration contact the school office.
CWAA TALENT SHOW: This year’s talent show will take place in April. Date to be announced after Spring Break. A sign up sheet for auditions has been posted on the Student Association board.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: This Friday, March 24, is casual wear for those students who bring a Food Bank Donation.
CWAA ANNUAL CONSTITUENCY MEETING: All parents, pastors, board members, church members and staff are invited to join us tomorrow evening, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing as we plan for the future of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!
MISSION TRIP PRAYER SERVICE: The Commissioning Prayer for our Bolivia Mission Trip has been rescheduled to take place at the beginning of the Constituency Meeting tomorrow evening at 7 pm. We will be uplifting the team to God for His protection and guidance!
OLD LUGGAGE NEEDED: Do you have old luggage items that you no longer want? Please donate them for the Bolivia mission trip team to use to transport supplies to Bolivia. You may bring them to Pastor Brent’s office by this Wednesday.
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join this group for prayer this Thursday morning, March 23, in the school lobby. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Mar 20 – 23 ABC Book Fair
Mar 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Mar 21 Elementary Report Cards sent home
Mar 21 Constituency Meeting & Mission Trip Prayer Commissioning, 7 pm
Mar 23 Elementary Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm
Mar 24 Last day of classes – Spring Break begins
Mar 26 Students leave on Mission Trip to Bolivia
Apr 10 Classes resume
Apr 14 Good Friday (No School Kindergarten to Grade 12)
Apr 19 Grade 7 Trip to Telus Spark & Walking Tour of Calgary
Apr 20 Grade 10 Trip to Cochrane Ranch House
Apr 20 Grade 1-3 Field Trip to Telus Spark Science Centre
Apr 20 – 23 Grade 9 – 12 Flag Football Tournament @ Fraser Valley Academy, BC
Apr 25 Sr High Badminton Tournament
Apr 27 Jr High Badminton Tournament
Apr 27 Parent Seminar “The Impact of Excessive Media Use On Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Joy Astolfi 6:30 p.m.
Apr 28 Annual Vespers & Baptism 7 pm
May 1 Burman University Acronaires Show at CWAA
May 3 Grade 3 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
May 4 Kindergarten Field Trip to Butterfield Acres
May 10 Grade 6 Field Trip to Aerospace Museum
May 11-15 Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour (Three Hills and Edmonton)
May 18 Kindergarten Year End Celebration
May 25 Kindergarten-Grade 12 Spring Concert, 7 pm
May 29-June 1 Grade 5/6 Outdoor School
In less than 1 week, the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip team leaves for Bolivia! Would you be willing to be part of our prayer support team? If so, please consider praying for the group each day of the trip (March 26 to April 6). There is a prayer guide that gives you some specific things to pray for on the different days of the trip. You can access that by tapping the button below. You can also follow along as updates from our trip are posted to the mission trip blog: missiontrip.cwaa.net/blog.
Thanks for your prayers!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy