I Have Learned To Be Grateful For Closed Doors


This month I celebrated my thirty something 😉 birthday. As I look back over my life, I am grateful for so many things and one of them is CLOSED DOORS!

A decade ago, while in the process to buy my first home, I found one that had everything I wanted, except the color of brick. I shared with a friend that the house was too good to be true.

I asked, “Why would God give me exactly what I asked for?” She responded, “Why wouldn’t He?”

After a few days, I returned to find the home was no longer available. However, another house with everything the first one had, including the color of brick I wanted, was available to be built from the ground up.

One door closed, BUT a better one opened. I walked right through it and purchased my first home.

So, do not get discouraged over a house, promotion, job, relationship or opportunity that did not come your way. I have learned that sometimes NO simply means NOT NOW because God has something better in store for you.

I’m grateful for doors that closed on relationships. Had they not closed, I would have missed out on one of the best things that happened to me – my husband.

I’m grateful for the doors that closed on jobs I thought I wanted. Had they not closed, I would have missed out on the opportunity I have now to get paid for something I would literally do for free.

Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.”

– Joel Osteen

God has a plan for our lives and it does not always look the way we imagined. However, we must trust that His plan is to prosper us, not harm us.

So many times, when doors close, we spend so much time banging on them that we miss the open door right next to it.

Maybe the door closed because we would not be able to handle what is on the other side. Maybe the door closed to strengthen, or prepare, us for the doors to come. Maybe the door closed to protect us.

So, the next time a door closes in your face, instead of being discouraged, BE ENCOURAGED! See it as a blessing, a protection, or an opportunity for something greater to happen.

Have a blessed day!

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24 thoughts on “I Have Learned To Be Grateful For Closed Doors

  1. Great, great! I’m in a closed door season and I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I just blogged about my discouragement over a few closed doors, but as you said there is a reason and we serve a faithful God.


  2. Hi from the Peony Project! Thank you for this sweet reminder. I’ve had a door close recently and though it was a struggle at first in accepting it, it has been a great opportunity for me to learn to trust in what God is protecting me from and now with this Joel Osteen quote, what God is protecting me “for”! Be blessed!


  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! What a great reminder for me. I have already had a few circumstances like this – God didn’t give me what I wanted in the moment, but it turned out so much better a little later! 😀


  4. WOAH! This is exactly what yesterdays sermon was about. Even down to some of the quotes you used. Thank you for reminding me that its all in God’s hands. That doors that closed were meant to and I need to be patient in the waiting room. 🙂


  5. Woah. This is EXACTLY what yesterdays sermon was about. Down to some of the quotes you even said. Thanks for reminding me that God is always speaking to me when I start to panic about situations that are ultimately up to Him. 🙂


    • Hi Mandi! Wow! That’s awesome that you heard a similar message twice. God loves you so much He wanted to be sure you knew He has it all under control for you! 🙂 It was encouraging for me to hear that a sermon you heard was similar. It just confirmed that I did hear from God when I wrote this. Thank you for sharing and stopping by!


  6. Thank you for this encouraging reminder! I often look at closed doors and think, “What would have happened if I had been able to walk through into this room?” But I know where I am right now, I am the happiest I have ever been, I am growing and peaceful and content. I am thankful God opened all the doors to lead me right here for right now.

    -Stopping by from the Peony Project! 🙂


  7. YES! It is such a hard lesson to learn, but one that is oh so true. For each door that closes, no matter how discouraging, God has a plan. And it may not look the way we were hoping but we can rest assured that it is for God’s glory.


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