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Great Expectations?

Today we have  a guest post from my friend and Evangelist’s wife, Emily Washer.
Emily and her two sweet little guys
“Great Expectations?”

To-do lists always look most feasable in the morning, right? If you are like me, I begin planning my day before my husband and kids wake up. In the morning quietness, I feel like I can conquer the world, or at least clean my house from top to bottom. But then my husband wakes up and shares his plans for the day. My kids wake up and I am confronted with runny noses or a teething baby.

Taking another look at my list and then at my family, I quickly realize that some of the things won’t get done. By lunch time I look at my list again and realize a few more things won’t get done. By the time I go to bed at night, I look at my list and think, “What did I do today??” The “great expectations” I had set in the quietness of the morning lay buried underneath my unfinished to-do list.

Has this ever happened to you? I’m sure it has! This is just one example of failed expectations. It would be easy to make a quick list of all the times my expectations for the day, night, week…have been dashed. It is dissappointing, frustrating and discouraging to say the least. It is easy to ask God why things couldn’t just go as I planned them. Why? Because I am setting my heart on the way think things should happen.

“My soul, wait thou only upon God: for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5
 Waiting on God–sitting quietly before Him–this verse paints a far different picture of what my response should be to disappointing circumstances or failed expectations. I must garner my expectations and place my hope in the unchangeable God.
“He only is my rock…I shall not be moved.” Psalm 62:6
So what should I do when circumstances don’t turn out exactly how I pictured them to go? How do I defeat the discouragement or frustration? By committing the circumstance to my God and waiting quietly before Him to see what He wants to do through me. I may think I have great expectations or aspirations for the day, but none are as great as what my Father has planned for me!
Our two families together after a National Hoops Tournament
Emily blogs at   No Good Thing. Be sure to pop on over for a visit. I know you’ll be encouraged!

About Emily Washer: “I am the priveleged wife of the sweetest guy I know and the blessed mother of two happy, energetic little boys. I spend about 7 months out of the year on the road as we seek to reach teens across the country with the gospel. In my spare time I enjoy reading, bargin shopping, and playing the piano.”

Emily’s husband is a traveling Evangelist with National Hoops.Have you heard of them? Check out their website here.

Our church recently had National Hoops Ministries come and set up a basketball tournament for our community. We had many kids from the community who would never step inside our church, come to play basketball and then heard and respond to the gospel message.  If I remember correctly, around 20 people were saved. Peter and I highly recommend this ministry!
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