When you Receive Bad News

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Today was a bad day for me. To be transparent, this whole week has been a challenge. Starting from almost having to do jury duty in another city not close to where I live in the middle of a pandemic to preparing for a huge sale on my card shop and nothing working right to meeting many deadlines with back to back conference calls to today when I learned that I would have to work less hours on my day job.

I’m thankful I can keep my job, but it still wasn’t easy to learn that my paycheck would be cut in half and it’s going to take a miracle from God to get through these next few months.  

What do you do when you receive bad news? How do we handle it? I have a few tips that help me:

  1. Don’t panic. This is the first emotion that floods me and I have to tell myself to breathe, step back and calm down. 
  2. Take the positive out. I tend to be a person that tries to see the glass half full and even in situations where I’m going through trials, I’m reaching for something good to hang onto.
  3. Pray. It’s a time when I want to be quiet and talk to no one but that’s not the answer. Talking to God is. Telling Him how the news makes me feel, asking Him what to do next, praising Him that He has the answer and it’s already worked out even if I can’t see the result yet.
  4. Draw near to friends and family. It’s not a time to be isolated. All that does is put thoughts in my head that I don’t need. If I’m alone, I dream up of all kinds of worst case scenarios which can easily cause me to panic.
  5. Eat a good meal. No matter what the news, eating a delicious meal helps my mood + nourishes my body.
  6. Get enough sleep. Get to be at a reasonable hour. Don’t waste time staying up thinking. Turn it over to Jesus and go to sleep. The next morning always feels better after a good night’s rest. I love the scripture, Proverbs 3:24 and in fact my hubby made a sign with this scripture and hung it over our bed.
  7. Reward myself. This sounds weird I know, but anything positive can negate the negative feelings that I get when I’ve received bad news. So, I might treat myself to my favorite dessert or go for a walk at my favorite spot. It doesn’t have to be something extravagent, just doing something that will encourage me really helps.

I also try not to blame myself nor back track thinking of what I coulda, shoulda, woulda…that’s never a game you’ll win. Best to not dwell in the past, have a pity party or lay blame. All of this is fruitless and a waste of time.   

The Lord wants us to remain thankful, grateful and keep our eyes on Him. He already knew the bad news was coming today and He prepared some things for my husband and I that will help us with our income. Also, this is a just a temporary situation. And, we pray everyday for a cure to this nasty disease. While we wait for The Lord to move, we must keep praising Him because no matter what, He deserves our worship and more.   

He is a good God and nothing is impossible for Him. I’m hopeful for what He is about to do next.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.