Expectation Vacation

Part of being a human comes with expectation. People’s expectation of us, your expectation of other people, and our expectations of life itself.

Raising kids has proven to be quite the challenge and I’m still in the wee little years of this parenting thing. Before I had children I had all these “expectations” of love and happiness when my child gives me hugs and does sweet things. Getting married was the same way.

I love being a mom and I love being a wife.

Expectations clouded reality.

When we are young we only see the rainbows and butterflies. We see people older than us and wonder “man why are they so cold and mean?”

Ha! Live a little and you see where the cold hard exteriors develop. They develop when our expectations are shattered.

children are sick

husbands/wives cheat

kids push your very last button

You lose your job

lose Your home

Or you have it all and still unhappy with what you have.

Every phase of life comes with harsh realities. Realities that shatter what we expected.

How do we protect ourselves from falling face first on the ground when things don’t work the way we planned?

Proverbs 16:9 says

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

Do we just not make plans and have good expectations??

Absolutely not!

Proverbs 16:1-3 “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

Make plans, but make them with Jesus by your side. When Jesus came, died, rose and then ascended back to heaven He left us with the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 8:10 says

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

We have Gods law written on our hearts. He put it there, but we have to examine it and listen for direction. We use the Holy Spirit to guide us.

“Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind Words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:22-24

You may ask: What does words have to do with making plans?

You rarely make plans without voicing them out loud. At some point you speak it out loud to someone close to you or in our culture we speak on social media.

Social media can be a tough lesson in the thought process “once you post it, its out there forever”

Once you speak it, its out there.

Have you ever started down a path that genuinely felt pure. You felt as though you were doing exactly what God called you to do and then it literally falls apart?

I sure have.

My challenge to you is this

“Pray before you speak your plan, pray before you post your plan”

Don’t expect everyone to agree with you, they won’t. In fact the ones who disagree will be the ones who do so vehemently.

Before you make a declaration or a plan, pray and ask God to show you the right direction. When you know your plan is ordained by our Father, the disagreement won’t phase you, in fact it will encourage you.

You ever notice when Jesus confronted someone with truth, it was kind? When Jesus got ready for anything, he prayed. Jesus knew exactly what His purpose was, but yet he always prayed to the Father. He knew exactly what to expect in every situation, but yet He prayed.

None of us truly know what to expect from our actions, but God does and if you seek His will then you can lay your expectations aside and trust.

Take an expectation vacation and live your life following where the Lord leads. Trust He will give you the right answer and trust He will determine your steps.

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