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Be Expectant of God and Appreciate Everything

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When Things Don’t Go the Way You Expect

God’s plan will produce good results in your life. He wants you to keep believing Him and walking in that plan, even if things haven’t happened the way you expected. You can trust Him.

Be encouraged! Keep being and doing what God has given you to be and do. Don’t let the hard things, hurts, and disappointments become more familiar to you than your purpose. The calling of God doesn’t change because something happens (or doesn’t happen). It doesn’t change because something didn’t happen the way we thought it would. God sticks with a plan.

When God has a plan, He’s never worried about the outcome, even when it’s not happening the way we expected. God sees ahead and provides, which simply means that He has prepared every detail in advance. Be careful that you follow God’s leading closely because where He guides, He provides. You don’t want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with your provision waiting for you somewhere else. He’s seen ahead in your situation even ahead of what you didn’t expect and is providing exactly what you need.

Even though sometimes things don’t look like you expect them to look, it doesn’t mean nothing is happening. God is always working when you trust Him.

My best advice is to keep going. Your life may look different than you expected, but don’t spend all your time looking back. Look forward. Be led by the Spirit, move when He says move, stay when He says stay, and be faithful and obedient. He hasn’t forgotten His plan for you!

When God starts on a plan, He doesn’t get detoured. You might think that an unexpected event or a change in circumstances means the original plan for your life won’t happen, but circumstances are temporary and subject to change. Don’t believe more in the things you see today than you believe in God’s plan.

Keep your focus on the Lord! Remember what He’s told you. Remember the dreams in your heart and keep moving toward them. Spend more of your time thinking about His Word and your goals, and less time worrying about the storm.

It takes spiritual effort. When a storm hits, you have to decide to keep your focus on God’s promises and plans. You can do it! Stick to the plan. Trust Him to make your steps clear. Keep going to the brighter side. Keep your eyes on the outcome.

When you’re following God’s plan for your life or getting back on track after things don’t go the way you expected, it makes sense to follow someone who knows the way.

Of course, Jesus knows the way! In fact, the Bible says that He is the way. Even if things have happened that you didn’t expect, you can end up in the right place if you keep following Him. You do that by spending time reading and meditating on His Word, or by praying. Jesus knows the way to victory! He knows the way through the pain, frustrations, and disappointments.

But despite the fact that Jesus knows the best way for you to go, He’ll never force you to follow Him. It’s always going to be your choice.

When you’re right up close to the One who created the universe and knows all things, your peace is greater and your way is smoother. You can overcome unexpected setbacks and recover in the right direction more quickly. Rest assured that God’s good plan for your life is still in place. Do whatever it takes to follow Him as closely as possible

Jeremiah 29:11
“I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”


When the Story Didn’t Go as Expected

In times of great trouble, unforeseen trials, and excruciating pain, we have a choice. We can look inside ourselves for strength, or we can choose to turn to our all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving Father. On our own, we will consistently fall short, but when we are weak, Christ carries our burdens and makes us strong.

Your birth experience matters to God. Give yourself permission to acknowledge the unmet expectations and the things that didn’t go the way you wanted them to go. You don’t need to belittle what you went through just because it doesn’t seem as bad as someone else’s story. There’s enough of God’s healing grace to cover all of us. His love has no limits.

God sees your pain. He is sitting with you in the middle of it. He hears the cries deep in your heart, even the ones you can’t even put into words. Your fears, worries, and heartache. The secret thoughts that you don’t want anyone to know, you can bring all to God because nothing will scare Him away. He wants to help you. He is waiting patiently for you. Will you let Him in?

Have you ever felt like you’re moving in slow motion while the rest of the world keeps speeding by? Has someone made you feel like you were broken because you haven’t gotten better and moved on? I promise you’re not broken; you’re human. When we go through traumatic experiences, our bodies, minds, and hearts take time to heal, and the journey toward healing looks different for everyone.

In moments of frustration, remember that healing is a lifelong journey, not a one-time event. Healing doesn’t happen in an instant. It’s a process that’s ever-changing. But day by day, moment by moment, rest assured that God sees you, and He hears you. You can be confident that the Great Healer is doing work in you.

If you are struggling with your mental health or feel like you may need professional help, I pray that these words would encourage you to take action. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength. Don’t keep your pain hidden. Don’t listen to Satan’s lies. Don’t stay quiet. Tell your spouse, a friend, a trusted coworker, or a health provider that you need help. Tell God. He is always close, and He’s always ready to listen.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


Feed Your Faith

What are you expecting right now? Are you expecting that bad things are going to happen to you, or are you expecting that God is going to show up in your life? Our fear can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the same way, our faith can also direct the course of our life. Fear maximizes danger, while faith maximizes God!

Have you ever doubted God? Have you ever felt like you are slowly sinking into the chaos that is life? What if I told you that there’s a way that you can walk on what others are sinking in?

We all feel like we’re sinking at times. We sink when what is around us becomes more of a focus than what’s ahead of us.

It can be difficult to understand that following God doesn’t mean that we won’t go through storms, but He promises that He will be with us in the midst of them. We are going to have to walk through storms, but if we can fix our eyes on Jesus, what is around us will have no power over us.

The good news is that we don’t have to face storms in the same way the world does. We face storms with the confidence and the knowledge that God is with us and for us, and if He asked us to get out of the boat then we can be assured that He will provide supernatural power to walk on the water. Fix your eyes on Him!

As we face uncertainty, it is vital that we don't give up too soon. No matter what happens in our world, we can cling to a Savior who will bring us through. Storms will come; outlast them. Uncertainty will come; refuse to be shaken. There's never been a storm that hasn't eventually relented, and the same will be true of your life. Stay with the ship; the storm will pass!

If you want to live a life of faith, you have to feed your faith with the Word of God and starve your fear. Starve your fear from the satisfaction of worrying about the future, and rest in the revelation that God sees you, loves you, and has a good plan for your life.

Psalms 55:22
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.


Bible Verses

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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