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Expect ~ Five Minute Friday

#FiveMinuteFriday - Expect!

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{And…. go!}

I think it’s uncanny that here we are smack dab in the middle of 2017 and our #FiveMinuteFriday prompt is the word ‘Expect’.

I chuckled hard and gave a sigh.

*Expect* was my One Word for 2017 and I feel a nudge to give an account of just what God was implying when I had felt the Spirit press this word into my heart six months ago.

I’ll be honest and say right now that I had a very instant, surface, and selfish view of this word. It felt loaded with possibility, blessing, fun surprises, even arrival.

But here we are in June and He has busted open my definition of what to expect from my yearly theme, the nice little tidy box I had encased in it, and then stomped that box to smithereens so I could never put it back, even if I wanted to.

“Expect”, as it turns out, has very little to do with me receiving, and everything to do with Him orchestrating.

Very little to do with things being resolved on my schedule, and everything to do with Him revealing impossible beginnings only He can finish.

Nothing to do with long-awaited answers I had deemed important, but unexpected responses He knew would fix my eyes for the long-term, only on Him.

Expect to be invited into My higher purpose… and leave your finite purposes behind. Expect to be stretched, tested, grown, shaped for the better. Expect to be invited to be used of I Am. And then expect My glory, My grace, My love to be revealed”

Expect has very little to do with me receiving, and everything to do with Him orchestrating. Click To Tweet

And as scary as new territory and journeys and callings can be, one taste of the holiness of this singular word means I can never go back.

So here I am, immersed in things He has initiated, provided, and inspired, things I never saw coming, good things and hard things, but His hand on all of them. Turns out I was supposed to expect for Him to reveal His glorious character, and plan, and His will in ways that would make it clear that the One who is my Savior and King and Creator is unequaled, unrivaled, and undefeatable.

And also, that He would expect something from me.

That He is expecting my willingness to be led, to be the yes He’s waiting for, to make room for Him to be everything, and to stay close, to remain planted in Him even when the way looks impossible and the battle looks dangerous.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not sense it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Maybe He’s been whispering what He expects of your heart, too?

All this to say, in my personal walk, He has turned this simple word on its head, for the good, and continues to do so for His glory, for His kingdom.

This is the the wonderful beginning of having, what the Word calls, the mind of Christ. And He loves when our expectations are finally aligned with His.

{And… stop.}

What is God calling you to expect in this next season with Him?


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13 Comments

  1. Great post, Christine! And isn’t it just like God to turn our expectations inside out, make His OWN plans, and then EXPECT us to carry them out!

    Makes me want to stomp my feet sometimes. No fair!

    Glad He’s patient, and has a sense of humour.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/06/your-dying-spouse-321-humility-through.html

    • Christine Duncan

      June 9, 2017 at 1:09 AM

      Lol… yes! But that’s what’s so wonderful, Andrew. He actually doesn’t expect me to carry it out… He just wants me allow Him to make me the vessel as He completes what He starts! And thank goodness for that! He provides and teaches and equips the entire way.
      Grateful you visited, friend, praying you continue finding strength in Him these days 🙂

  2. Brilliant and needful this morning. Thank you. I’m in parking spot #7 at FMF today.

    • Christine Duncan

      June 9, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Parking spot… love that! Hope you’re having a blessed Friday, Susan, so glad this encouraged you today!

  3. “He has turned this simple word on its head, for the good, and continues to do so for His glory, for His kingdom.” Yes! I’ve been so astounded by this in my own personal walk, as well. He is a good, good Father. Lovely post, friend! Thank you for your authenticity and encouragement.

    • Christine Duncan

      June 9, 2017 at 11:01 AM

      Aw, Heidi, thank you for stopping by, grateful for your words! And so grateful that we serve such a God!

  4. What a powerful post, Christine! God does have a way of putting new meaning to those One Words He gives us, doesn’t He? It sounds like He’s made “expect” so much deeper and richer than you envisioned on January 1st.

    This spoke to me: “That He is expecting my willingness to be led, to be the yes He’s waiting for, to make room for Him to be everything, and to stay close, to remain planted in Him even when the way looks impossible and the battle looks dangerous.”

    He does expect our willingness. I confess, sometimes I’m that pot that questions Him, rather than yielding to what He desires. Thank you for the beautiful reminder that He leads us always in the best ways.

    Beautiful post, friend.

    • Christine Duncan

      June 9, 2017 at 1:23 PM

      I so loved reading your comments, Jeanne, it’s good to know I’m not the only one who has had to work on willingness without questioning and angling for more! Well, let’s be honest, I’m still working on it, lol. Praying you have a lovely weekend in His presence, friend!

  5. I love how God can work in a completely different way from our expectations. I’ve also found having a word for the year is powerful and has turned out very differently from how I expected it would. And often the greatest blessings are things that would never have been our plan but are God’s. I’m at #41 this week.

  6. Dear Christine,
    Oh this is so good: ““Expect to be invited into My higher purpose… and leave your finite purposes behind. Expect to be stretched, tested, grown, shaped for the better. Expect to be invited to be used of I Am. And then expect My glory, My grace, My love to be revealed” Wow, that really is what He is speaking to us all of the time, isn’t it? We just put Him in that box, that you talked about, and label it our own way. Thank you for these great words tonight!

  7. My mind went a similar direction with expect. the concept of God exceeding or changing our expectations with His invitations. 🙂 Great post!

  8. Hello – visiting from FMF today. So glad to have found you – and, yes, isn’t it true that the most of this Christian walk has much less to do with our receiving…and so much more about His orchestrating!? I really enjoyed your reminder this morning.

  9. Oh yes… I feel ya with the struggle with your OneWord! Mine? Yeah… it is Dwell. He just thinks He’s SOOOO FUNNY! 😉 So good!

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