Great Expectations - Up To Know Good on Friday

Great Expectations
Up To Know Good on Friday

December 15, 2006

Mom hugging daughter

Like many moms-to-be, I have been reading What to Expect when You’re Expecting. The book discusses the physical and emotional changes one may experience on this journey to motherhood. As go through my pregnancy, I have also created a personal list of hopes and expectations. Specifically, I expect: a baby girl around February 11th; a deeper understanding of sleep deprivation; that I will not be a perfect mom; and to learn about love like I have never known.

Do Good - Make a list of your current expectations. Go back and cross off everything that is someone else’s responsibility. Keep only the expectations of God and yourself, and then pray through those.

A well-meaning friend, Jonah, once told me, “Sara, the more we can free ourselves from expectations, the happier we will be.” While I heard what he meant, I also heard the ironic expectation: if I’m free of expectation, then I will (and can expect to) be happy. While I respect Jonah, it seems the key is not being void but rather aware of our wants and needs. As I look ahead to being a mom, I know that my expectations may not always be met, but they can be managed, adjusted and even enjoyed along the way. Let’s be aware of our expectations today and throughout this weekend.

“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:10. Click here to read more about how Jesus encourages us to talk to God.

Jesus, help me to be aware of my expectations for myself, and to remember that You invite me to be bold and audacious in what I ask of You.

Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.

Sara

I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!

Blessings,
Sara

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