Do you have dreams, desires, and expectations that have yet to be fulfilled? Are there disappointed longings in your life? Is there a specific request you have been waiting patiently for God to answer? Is there something you are groaning and yearning for? Do you feel like a plane in a holding pattern…circling…waiting to land? Have your unfulfilled expectations and waiting bred the dreaded 3 D’s? Discontentment, Disappointment, and Discouragement.
All too often, our faith tragically fails to flourish because instead of learning to be content regardless of our circumstances, we endlessly strive to rearrange and manipulate the details in our lives, in order to bring about a “temporary joy”― one that never lasts and never fully satisfies. We’re not satisfied with contented dissatisfaction. —Cherie Hill
We’ve all had disappointments in life — circumstances and people have let us down. I’ve certainly had my share. There are things I have struggled with for years, circumstances and relationships that I’d hope would change or improve. So what are we supposed to do with all these disappointed longings? Are they normal? Is there something wrong with us? Continue reading “Get Real! Expectations”
Expectations. We all have them. Often they rule and reign in our lives creating stress, frustration and discontent. They can ruin relationships. They can sour our attitudes. But we all have them. So what’s a girl to do? I’ve been mulling this idea over quite a bit in the last year. It’s not necessarily the expectations that are the problem, but rather “expectality”. Don’t bother looking it up. It’s a made up word. When I find myself stressed, frustrated and discontent because my expectations have been thwarted, dashed or unmet, this is the state known as “expectality”. It’s when my expectations collide with my reality. For me (and perhaps you), it’s really a control issue. I want to control situations and outcomes. I want to be comfortable, happy and content. I want my way. But…that’s not life. Jesus said it perfectly before He left earth, “…in the world you WILL have trouble…”. It’s a truth none of us will argue with, to be sure! The answer to dealing with “expectality” in life lies in the “BUT” statement that follows in this verse. I think we often overlook and forget this… Continue reading “Expectality in 2014”
A Rejoicing Attitude!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Voice)
It all begins with our focus, our perspective, which in turn affects our attitude.
In the original language of the Bible, rejoice is the word chairo.
rejoice – chairo – to be cheerful, calmly happy, to rejoice exceedingly, be well and thrive.
Rejoice or celebrate always is the command. I love this! I’m always up for a celebration. I love gathering with friends and family to fellowship together. At our house it usually involves food, lots of conversation, laughter, singing and sharing of stories. But we all know that life isn’t always a celebration.
- Sometimes life is hard.
- Sometimes life hurts.
- Sometimes life is harried.
But we are still called to rejoice and celebrate! So how do we do that in the hard, hurting and harried times of life?
“Rejoicing is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, releasing its grip on anything else it thinks it needs.” —Tim Keller
How do we change our perspective & attitude to rejoice always?
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