This is my birthday week. Fifty some years ago my mom waited in expectation of a sixth child. She already had five children ages 7-10 and a one year old. She anticipated I would be a good playmate for my brother. Only time would tell if that expectation became a reality.

Expectations are funny things. What happens when expectations aren’t met? Does disappointment set in? Can we adjust? How can we be realistic when we set expectations? Do we really set them or do they develop on their own?

The Bible has a lot to say about expectations and often refers to it is hope (sometimes as longing or thirst). What do these scriptures teach you about setting expectations?

Reading: Psalm 42:1-2; Proverbs 10:28; Isaiah 64:3-4; 1 Peter 1:3-4

When I woke up today, my internal chaos meter was off the charts. As I drove to my Barre3 workout, I sorted through the swirling thoughts and I identified expectations – my expectations that were not met, my husband’s expectations that were in danger of being crushed, and expectations I perceived others held for me today. All these whirled around inside my head (and heart) creating chaos. As I submitted my chaotic thoughts to the Father, he led me to a quiet and peaceful place. It involved adjusting expectations, honest conversation and a few compromises. But once again, I am in a place of quiet trust.

May your day be filled with the knowledge of God’s presence in spite of any chaos you may be experiencing today. May your hope be set on Him!

Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:10

He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

Psalm 107:29-30

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