Good afternoon, I hope all is well with everyone. Many thanks for your notes, i so enjoy them. Please share our new class for this year "AWAKEN". It is a year long class that consists of 5 different classes and each week is a new lesson, we are in class 3 right now "the many faces of anger". you can come at any time and jump right in. I would love to see you on Mondays from 9:30-11:30 at Emmanuel Fellowship in room 102-103. you can also find all this information on our website. www.reachingthebroken.org

We all have expectations don't we? this is our topic for today! To expect is Biblical, Philippians 1:20 says, I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. I like the part that says I eagerly expect and hope. This is enthusiasm at work! Eagerly is the power word behind hope. This is something we all could use more of, is to be eagerly expecting with hope! Eagerly is the excitement of looking ahead with hope for the desires of our hearts to be fulfilled.

You may have heard it said that people rise to the level of your expectations. Generally, the saying holds true. If you expect the best from people, somehow it brings out the best in them. The other side of that coin is….”Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed” also applies. If you expect the worst from people, you often get it. You will go farther---and so will others---when you have favorable expectations and anticipate the best from people.

So it is with favor. Your level of favor rises to your level of expectation. By Definition, to expect is to “look forward to something.”  Looking forward expectantly to God’s favor is a giant step toward experiencing its greater release in your life. Expecting the worst can never bring you the same results. Many of us go through life defeated and depressed because that is what we expected as an outcome.

Quote: A. P. Gibbs used to say, “You are not what you think you are, but what you think this is what you are.” This means that the mind is the spring from which behavior flows. Control the source and you control the stream that flows from it.

Someone once said, “There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.”

 Is it right to have such high expectations? Yes! Not because of our arrogance or pride, or because we deserve it or it is owed to us. We will not prosper if our expectations are programmed by the world. How do we fill ourselves with favorable expectations so that our souls prosper? We are always in a war with our mind and what others tell us every day.

I think that all of us have certain expectations and hopes in life. Some pan out. Others don’t. But without expectation and hope we will not get far in life, nor will we please God. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one can really appreciate what they do have. 

 So what can do? We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so we can focus on the life we now have and will have in the future. When we hang on to tightly to what we have, we choke out the possibilities for new things, new experiences and new adventures.

Our life must be evolving all the time to more and better things in Jesus. It is not good to grow stagnant, if we are not always expecting more and more we will one day find that all we have is just what we see now. To settle for just what we have now without expectation of more to come is depressing and unfullfilling at best.

So let us be expectant people always changing and growing living life to the fullest and expecting with hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

Blessings, Dee

We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com