Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

When God Says Expect

Do you have a word that could sum up everything you hope, dream, act out, live, breathe, and build on for this new year?

Quite a question isn’t it?!

Over at the Faith Barista website, author Bonnie Gray is challenging readers and bloggers everywhere to write with special purpose every week, based on a prompt God places on her heart, and then to link everyone’s posts together in one place for encouragement and inspiration.  So I’m posting this today as part of Beloved Brews and hope you’ll check out all the fantastic blogs being served up this week as a result.

Beloved Brews Linkup
It’s going to be fabulous. Seriously.

Before I even knew that this ‘one word’ phenomenon was an actual thing, I had been seeking God’s heart about the approach of 2015 and what He wanted to accomplish and how to be open to the things He wanted to equip me for.

And whenever I spent time being still, settling into His presence, and waiting on Him, there’d be this idea pressing in on my heart. It would roll around in my spirit, I’d turn it over and examine it, and I’d lay it back at His feet, unsure if what I was hearing was really Him, or just me… being me.

As someone who used to rush headlong into all sorts of things on the off-chance something was God’s leading, and then discovering I’d never given Him a chance to even give clear direction and definition and falling flat on my face, this time I decided to let it simmer, to let it gel, and to give God plenty of room to expand it and grow it before I’d take even the slightest action.

I’ve since learned, from all those past episodes of crashing about in my own spiritual understanding, to actually wait on the Lord. To keep my focus on Him. To let Him be my everything, everyday.

Some days are easier than others, am I right?

So back to praying. To listening. To making sure my soul is firmly anchored to the Life Preserver before I try to take on an ocean of stuff. Like routines, and ministry, and family, and chronic depression, and blogging. It all makes for one big ocean, let me tell you.

And lo and behold, the more I waited, trusted, and laid everything at His feet, keeping things in their rightful place, and bolstered my faith with His Word, the more this particular word kept repeating itself. Like waves softening up the shore, leaving little gems behind.

This particular gem, this one word, was Expect.

Even now when I say it, I say it under my breath, so as not to make it my latest focus or new obsession, but more my reason to keep eyes on Him and only Him.

Because the Creator-King, Almighty, I Am, is asking me to Expect.

I suddenly realised this was a big deal.

And in case I still wasn’t sure, He used the words of a friend who innocently thought she was just guest blogging early this week, to firmly anchor it for me.

Needless to say, He’s got my complete attention.

And if God asks me to step into 2015 expecting, then by knowing His very nature, it would follow that He obviously has something He desires to accomplish through this one potent word.

He’s asking me to anticipate, to keep watch, to keep distractions at a minimum, to stay close to the Source. Like the parable maidens with their oil lamps who chose to remain ever ready, ever vigilant, ever longing for their Beloved. No matter how long it took.

To be ready to move when He says move.

To be prepared to be used when He calls me to be used.

To be eager to be taught when He decides to teach.

To be scanning constantly for His constant will.

I’m being asked to expect.

And so I look through His Word, gathering intel, committing to heart all the ways God has already fleshed out this one word. And I find the Hebrew term {Qavah} all throughout scripture, it’s very definition meaning to hope, wait with longing,  to look forward, to expect.

“No one who expects/waits eagerly/hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come to those who offend without cause…”
Psalm 25:3

“The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]”
Lamentations 3:25

“For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait expectantly for the hope of righteousness.”
Galatians 5:5

The longer I study it, the more I begin to appreciate this new season of expecting. That He has things, good things, in store for those who keep vigil for only Him. To {expect} Him to be my everything.

And I see the evidence of it in His Word, and choose to say yes to all it implies. And honest to goodness, this expecting takes flight, right away, and I can feel anticipation in total rhythm now with His heart beat.

And I sit here now thinking, “wow, this One Word of the year is kind of a big deal…”

So here is 2015, and I’ve prepared my oil lamp, and my heart is on high alert, my spirit expecting His Spirit.

Thinking what a difference One Word for 2015 can make.

My friend, did you seek out a word, a theme, for your year? Do you have this prompting resonating around inside you every time you enter His courts? Might be His way of taking your covenant relationship with Him to fresh territory, to new levels.

What’s your one word for 2015?

10 Comments

  1. Christine – I have a feeling that God has you expecting things for a reason! Oh…the anticipation of knowing He wants to lavish you with your deepest desires. May you continue to know Him better as His will for you unfolds this year.

    • Christine Duncan

      January 15, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      Laura, the unfolding of His will… part of me says, am I ready for that? lol, and then my heart nods and says, yes! Because of His unwavering faithfulness, I definitely want only His will stamped on my 2015.
      Awesome to have you drop by, and very grateful! Your post inspired me today. I look forward to reading more.

  2. Your post is beautiful and calls to me to expect much as I live in my ONE Word for this year which is UNCAGED. Thank you for such grace filled exhortation!

    • Christine Duncan

      January 15, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      Aw, thank you Phyllis, I find myself encouraged so much by your words. How exciting to think women everywhere, and men as well, are seeking God for yearly direction, and then moving forward in it?
      Have a fabulous day, and blessings!

  3. “Covenant relationship” is a pretty powerful study. If we don’t understand that relationship between the Father and HIS children, we’ll miss out on the power and the promises. Thanks daughter, for stirring us up to listen and then move in what HE has for us in 2015.

    • Christine Duncan

      January 15, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      Thanks! This was fun to write, but still a challenge. Easy to get caught up in the trends and popular topics, but so essential to keep Him in the center of all we do… I think my parents taught me that 😉

  4. Praise the Lord, Christine. He speaks and often uses us. Can’t wait to see what God does through you in 2015!

  5. I was so encouraged to read this …… I am going through a very dark place in my marriage . I cried out to God months ago and he spoke the words to my spirit early one morning to Nevertheless Tarry…… I immediately felt I should look up the definition ….. It was in spite of wait stay in a place Expect!! That is my word and ,y hope is in the Lord …… I am waiting and expecting

    • Christine Duncan

      January 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      So grateful to hear that this encouraged you, Wendee! Waiting and expecting, in His faithfulness and never dying love for us, is the best place to be, no matter what else is going on. I hope it’s okay if I add you and your marriage to my prayers, and pray that while you wait and seek, that He grant you His peace and presence!

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