When things run differently than expected

Let your petitions be made known to God;
and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers.​—
Phil. 4:6, 7.

Perhaps there have been times in our life when we felt that we were following the leadings of God’s holy spirit, but then things did not turn out the way we expected. We came face-to-face with challenges or new circumstances that required massive changes in our life. (Eccl. 9:11)

What can help us not to be anxious over anything and to experience “the peace of God”? Paul’s words to the Philippians show us that the antidote to worry is prayer. So when we are anxious, we need to turn our worries into prayers. (1 Pet. 5:6, 7)

Pray to Jehovah in full faith, knowing that he cares for you. Pray to him “with thanksgiving,” remembering your blessings. Our confidence in him will be strengthened when we keep in mind that he can “do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive.”​—Eph. 3:20. w17.08 9 ¶4, 6; 10 ¶10

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Wanneer dingen anders lopen dan verwacht

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Additional reading

  1. Even in tough times remembering the blessings
  2. Faith and trial
  3. Be willing to access joy in the face of adversity
  4. We are to be joyful in the midst of our trials
  5. Have a little talk with the Potter
  6. Crying and trusting ones do not get disappointed
  7. A small trouble is like a pebble
  8. Obstacles to your goal
  9. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance

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Related

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  5. He Can Do It Again
  6. Keep me as the Apple of Your Eye
  7. Examples of the Power of Prayer
  8. Prayer against the darkness
  9. Jul 20 Direct my path
  10. A Prayer

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