Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great Expectations

Every season of my life brings about Great Expectations. When I was a child, I wanted to be a pediatrician, then an architect, then a teacher, and be rich etc.... When I entered college I wanted to save all of the children and wanted to major in social work. When I got engaged I expected to have the sweet puppy love forever. When I married, I expected that we would loving mature adults and never go to bed angry. When I had my first child, I thought she could be the first woman president or something just as great, so on and so forth.

My expectations have fallen short. That would usually seem like failure, but nothing could be furthest from the truth. I am richer and more successful than I could have imagined. Not in the monetary sense or according to the world, but according to my savior.  

When I learned to wait expectantly for His plans, my plans fell to the wayside along with my disappointments and I ended up happier and more blessed. Although I am not a school teacher, I am a bible teacher. I am not a social worker but I used to foster children. I am not an architect but I try to help build lives for Christ. I am far from rich, but I do not go without. 

I would have never imagined being a published author and having a restored marriage and a miracle baby and the I can go on and on. 

Have you placed expectations on your stand? Have you expected a quick and speedy restoration? Have you expected a more powerful reply to your prayer? Have you expected a sudden change in your spouse or circumstance? Have you expected repentance from your spouse? 

What are your expectations? Are they keeping you trapped and disappointed when you can't see them coming to pass? Where have these expectations come from? Are they your own desires or someone else's testimony that you desire for yourself.  Has God revealed thsese to you?

God has the perfect plan laid out for you. Lay aside your great expectations for God's unknown plan and step out in faith that He has your best interest at heart. His plans always end in victory. You may not see your spouse responding but God can see what we can not. You may love the testimony of a restored marriage, but your restoration story will be different and more meaningful and personal to you. Your prayers do not fall on def ears. God hears you. The seeds that have been planted or will be planted in your spouse need time to grow, just as seeds in the natural do. 

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. Psalm 27:14 AMP
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think." Isaiah 55:8-9

Please do not misinterpret my words. I am NOT saying not to make plans for your life. I am saying to seek God's will for you and your life. The blessed life is the life that is planned with His will.

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