Happy Sunday!

I hope that you have enjoyed my weekly devotionals thus far and look forward to coming back each week. If you are just starting my devotional, then WELCOME! Feel free to go back to read the past weeks or continue on from here for a positive start to your week. You can read why I started this devotional over at WEEK 1.

Each week will include a message, verse, question, and action to keep at the forefront of your mind and get you through the week on an uplifted note.



As you entered this school year or season of life you may have hoped to become the captain of your cheer squad or sports team, or maybe dreamt of a promotion at work. For some reason, someone else was granted the lead or the promotion. This can become extremely disappointing and frustrating since you know your skill set and what you can offer.

Whatever you may be striving for today.. do not lose hope. God always wants what is best for you as long as you aren’t putting your success above all else. Remember that when we focus on God’s plan for us, we begin to live out the success He wants for us- even if that means not being the absolute best when we want to be.

Feeling disappointed leads to frustration that can cloud our mind and keep us down. If we stay in this state than there is no chance for us to see where He wants us to be. When we focus on Him and the good of our situation rather than the disappointment, we begin to encourage our other teammates and co-workers, taking our mind off of our own wants and living out God’s will in our lives.

Before we know it.. something beautiful falls into place that was His plan all along.


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)



Am I frustrated or disappointed for not being where I want to be right now?


Continue pressing on towards your dreams and goals, all while tuning into and praying for what God may want for you. If you’re not sure what that may be, pray for the patience and clarity to know.

  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing these wise words with us, Des! Such a good reminder to pray for what God wants for us, and to remember that He wants the best for our lives even if that may not look like what we think we want in a given moment. We can trust that He is working out everything in our lives for good. Even in hard seasons, that truth has been a real comfort to me so I hope it helps others to hear it too.

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you Amy for the encouragement to keep writing these and for stopping by to read them. 😉

  • Amy-Jean Duplessis

    Hello Desiree! Thank you for having the courage and following the Holy Spirit’s prompting of your heart to write these devotionals. I’m from South Africa and yet still reading your blog… just to encourage you with the fact that you are touching more people than you know- literally all over the world.

    I’ve never looked at Jeremiah 9:11 this way before… I always just thought it was a lovely verse and it is true but really over-used! But today I saw it differently with what you had to say. I’m studying accounting sciences and it’s tough, but I really believe it is what God wants for my life. Thank you for reminding me to press on towards my dreams and goals and not putting my success above all else, but rather just trusting God to help me along the way 🙂

    Have a lovely day 🙂

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you Amy-Jean for sharing that and for giving me the encouragement. I truly appreciate it and I do hope that these will touch people where they’re at in their lives and glad that it could reach you all the way in South Africa! 😉 Have a blessed weekend!