Expectations

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Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; 21 glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (CEB)
Lindsey and Kristi discuss expectations.

Sometimes our expectations are, well, not what we expect.

Don’t shortchange what God can do.

But this response is not uncommon.

The opposite is super high expectations that are unrealistic.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Paul (well, the translator) overuses his adverbs here—a no, no for most writers—because there was no way to convey the power of God working in this promise.

We have to redefine success—begin to see it less the world’s way and more the way God is using you.

Links mentioned:

Defining Creative Success

Magnolia Mistletoe (free novella)

God can take your obedience far beyond what you expect–did you know Kristi’s books are in Czechoslovakia?

Always sweeter to look at things from a God value perspective.

How do we manage our expectations?

  • obedience
  • “do the next right thing” (visit Emily P. Freeman)
  • Gideon was taken step by step into God’s will.
  • we have to fill ourselves up spiritually

We have to expose ourselves–be vulnerable–to help others.

Edit Your Life Challenge

Identify something you are holding to a high expectation. Consider if you need to let this go.

Remember, God has different picture of what a full life is.

Find Lindsey and Kristi on the socials @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter. Visit our websites lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com. Follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and/or Facebook and tell us what you’re letting go of this week.

Now go out and make tomorrow better than today.

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