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expectantly

Psalm 5:2-3

(NLT)
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
 for I pray to no one but You.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
 Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly.

(NASB)
Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You.
At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.

daybreak, morning, the absolute first thing that we should do upon waking, PRAY. build a relationship with your Creator.

expectantly – leaning in, listening, waiting with expectation, keep watch, look up, look toward.

We go thru life with so many expectations that are never met, unreasonable, unreachable, unattainable. God says that we should plead our case and wait or watch expectantly. So many times we pray, but then we exchange two little letters and instead of expect, we give except. Except God won’t answer because… My prayers are possible, except… We need to turn it around and wait EXPECTANTLY. Expect God to ACT. He acts in the lives of believers around the world daily. He will act in your life if you allow Him to, if you know what to expect. The only way to know what to expect is to build that relationship. You cannot expect from someone you do not know. So get to know Him and His wonders and His works and His character and be blown away by all of who God is.

Today i pray we would expect God to act! I pray that in our hardest prayers and our toughest moments of the day, we would see God’s mighty hand working and learn to wait and watch expectantly. Today i pray that He would go so far beyond our expectations that we would not be able to cease telling others who He is and how He has shown His love and life and forgiveness to you today.

 


friend

today i am praying for my friend. as i sat down to study, read, pray, and organize my crazy day into bite size pieces, i grabbed a pen. it’s a small thing, but my friend gave it to me. she always gets the best pens! i don’t know how she does it, but anytime i admire one, she will get me one for myself. so when i use this awesome pen for studying, i always think of her.

my friend is an amazing mom, a great friend, and the mother hen of my church. we all have one of those. the one who thinks of everyone else. the one who does behind the scenes that you appreciate but don’t even realize. when you show up and there is coffee already made, a special treat waiting, a hug or a prayer when you aren’t up to par, paper and ink for the printer when you were just about out, and a pen that just works when you need it to.

my friend has arrived at the next chapter of her life. her babies are all graduated high school, going to college, or living on their own. she is there. that spot. the one we aren’t sure about, but will all hit at some point. the time in our life when the babies are adults and making their own decisions – some we rejoice with, some we raise our eyebrows at, some we just hold on tight and pray for – but we’ve all been there as the kid and we will all be there as the adult.

today i pray for my friend and all the other mommies that are hitting that spot, that time of transition in all our lives. today i pray that others would find ways to appreciate those mommies where they are and love on them. i pray that each of their children would bless them in an abundant way that blindsides them with a heart overflowing with love. i pray that they are blessed beyond their imagination. i pray that, as their children make their way in the world, they remember what they have been taught and come back to include her in their decisions and lives. i pray today that God surrounds them with a confidence of the road ahead and a new light on their path.

Psalm 4:6-8

Many say, “Oh, that we might see some good!”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.
You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than they know when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.


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