Daniella Whyte

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Opening the Empty Space to Be Filled (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 317)


Psalm 81:10 (NLT)
For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.

Emptiness is a sometimes difficult emotion to put into word. At times, it feels like a deep and hollow opening in the middle of the soul. At other times, it feels like being lost, with no direction or guidance. Still, at other times, it feels like tiredness, fatigue, even overwhelm. When you feel empty on the inside, nothing on the outside really matters because what is really empty is your soul and the soul is the most important part of us. Read more…

3 Other Ways to Stop Disappointing Yourself with People (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 313)


“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”
— Brandon Sanderson

Holding on to expectations of other people is very different from holding people accountable for their behavior. The former will keep you spinning in circles, have you end up empty-handed, and keep you frustrated and bitter. The latter will keep people off of your mind, frees you to tell the truth, and keeps you from becoming overwhelmed and shortchanged. Read more…

3 More Ways to Stop Disappointing Yourself with People (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 312)


“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
— Bruce Lee

Some of the biggest moments of anxiety and distress come from putting our hope in people. For example, you can expect someone to do something for you and then when they don’t do it for whatever reason, you get disappointed. Consistently being disappointed leads to major trust issues which then leads to anger that perpetuates itself into bitterness and resentment. Read more…

3 Ways to Stop Disappointing Yourself with People (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 311)


“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”
— Haruki Murakami

We cause ourselves a lot of undue stress and take on a lot of unnecessary burdens when we create unreasonable and unrealistic expectations for other people. Of course, as human beings, we all deserve basic things like love and respect, belonging and a sense of connection. However, depending on other people for very much more than this can leave you disappointed. Read more…

Resentment Only Destroys You (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 282)


Job 5:2 (NLT)
Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.

Resentment is a potent mix of anger, fear, and disappointment. Many times, we allow resentment to grow and fester in our lives because we replay an unkind word or hurt feeling over in our minds and find it hard to forgive the person or situation. We hold on to things that only cause us unspoken pain and undue stress. Some of us grew up being told it is okay to express our hurt and anger. And in some regard, it is healthy to do so, but holding on to those feelings only hurts us. Read more…

Trust that Never Fails (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 273)


Psalm 20:7 (NLT)
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.

All people trust someone or something. Sometimes, we put our trust in the wrong people or the wrong things which eventually leads to disappointment. The direction of our lives can also be altered by where and in whom we choose to put our trust. And if we trust no one or in nothing we open ourselves up to a new level of stress and anxious that if it goes unchecked can push us over the edge. Read more…

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 244)

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself

“Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control, but don’t.”
— Steve Maraboli

We all hold to the belief that we must achieve something great in life. We should. Life would be worthless if we sat around doing nothing at all to make a difference in the place we have been blessed to occupy. But sometimes in our attempt to achieve, we place too many expectations on ourselves and fail in our pursuit. We allow our expectations to set us up for disappointment. Most of these expectations are self-imposed thus leaving us with the choice to carry them as weights or release ourselves from their chains. Imagination can be a dangerous thing. When we stop imagining ourselves to be who we are not, we make room to learn, grow, and achieve. Read more…

Refined and Defined by Fear (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 213)

Refined and Defined by Fear

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie

Fear works in two ways. It can cause us to be stagnant and do nothing. Or it can make us stronger and set our sights on better things. When we think of fear, we often do so in the negative context of thinking or feeling that someone or something is dangerous or a threat. But sometimes fear is good in that it shows us that while something here is not right, something else over there might be better. Read more…

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