Monday, December 14, 2015

Do you struggle with expectations?

By nature, I am a very hopeful person, almost to a fault...

Why?  Because my hopes are really expectations...  Expectations placed on situations and people... Situations, out of my control, and people, well you know what the Bible says about people, they will always disappoint...

People will disappoint you. But God can never fail. 
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
 Psalms 118:8

The definition of hope is:

a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

The definition of expectation is:

a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.

As you can see, both of these words are very much intertwined.  In fact one of the synonyms for hope is expectation.

To me, the word hope conjures up good feelings, yet the word expectation, seems to have a negative connotation.

The following quote sums up the negativity of expectation...

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” 
― Alexander Pope

The poet is implying that in order to protect ourselves from disappointment, we should never set expectations.

How many times have we ourselves heard, "You are expecting too much."  OR  "Your expectations are too high."

This seems to be such a hopeless and negative state to live in.

And believe me there are times, especially after repeated disappointments, I want to adopt Alexander Pope's view of never hoping or expecting for anything from anyone again...  

Yet, inevitably the next interaction or situation comes along and I become hopeful again.   It just seems to be a part of me; Hope always rises up...

As such, my life word  is HOPE...  Friends and family know this about me - thoughtfully giving me gifts over the years of jewelry, figurines and wall art which all have the word HOPE on them.


There is something about staying hopeful that sustains us and cheers us.  Even when that hope is in sinful man or fallen creation, we still have an underlying excitement that what we hoped for or expected will happen.

How much more should our hope in an unfailing God sustain us, cheer us and excite us!

We rejoice in hope. 
Romans 12:12 

The hope of the righteous brings joy.  
Proverbs 10:28  

For you, O Lord, are my hope.  
Psalm 71:5

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7

Hope rises up again and again because the Spirit within us testifies to the Father's love, and His great promises.


Hoping... Waiting...  Expecting ...

We hope in prayer, waiting for answers...

But our expectations can get in the way of how we perceive God's answers.

Long ago, when the Prophets spoke about the coming Savior, the people waited with a certain expectation of how He would come and what He would look like.   When that great day finally came, many refused to believe that a carpenter's son from the city of Bethlehem could be the Messiah.


He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, 
nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. 
 Isaiah 53:2

Yet the shepherds they listened and perceived receiving with great joy and blessing the Good News.



"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."
Luke 2:8-20

 Once we have received and accepted the Good News of the Gospel, every prayer we utter, is "yes in Jesus".  Not that we will necessarily receive the answer WE expected or hoped for, but we can know and have assurance that EVERY prayer is answered through a loving God who gives good gifts to His children according to His perfect will.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask {hope for} or imagine {expect},
 according to his power that is at work within us
Ephesians 3:20


What can we expect with full assurance from Christ every hour of every day...


The Lord will accomplish what concerns {us}.  
Psalm 138:8

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

What promised hope are we waiting for...

 That great and glorious day when we meet Jesus face to face, either at the time that He calls us home or at the Lord's return.  

Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Titus 2:13

What has God's Word told us to expect at the Lord's return...

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of
 nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting 
with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens
 will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Luke 21:25-28

For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, 
so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Matthew 24:27

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:52


This Advent season, as we remember the birth of our Savior, let us catch the excitement and wonder of the Shepherds when they first saw the Lord Jesus, let us Praise God in the same way the Host of Heavenly Angels sang Glory to God in the Highest,  and let us rejoice in hope waiting for that Glorious day when Christ returns for His bride the Church and we will be in the Light of His Love for all eternity.

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him--
1 Corinthians 2:9


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**Note to Readers**

I hope you all are having a very blessed and meaningful Advent, and that you are awaiting with great expectation the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In an effort to do the same, today's post will be the only one for the week, and then I will be taking a couple of weeks off.

After this time of refreshing, I will return the first week in January, ready to serve Christ with all new blog posts.

Wishing you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

Looking forward to getting to know more of you in the new year, and for sweet fellowship with new and old kindred blogging spirits.  You are all a blessing to me.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Scripture Saturday - December 12, 2015



 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2:8-14


Whenever I read this portion of Scripture, I always hear it in the voice of Linus when he stood on the stage telling Charlie Brown what "Christmas is all about".


The simple faith of a child explaining the Good News about the birth of the Christ Child...

It may seem funny that I hear Linus speaking whenever I read those verses in Luke, but it reminds me of Jesus' words,   "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:17  

I think all adults will admit they feel child-like excitement as Christmas approaches; decorating the house and tree, reinstating childhood traditions, enjoying the Christmas tree lights, looking forward to family gatherings, and of course, the giving and receiving of gifts.   We reminisce about happy childhood Christmas memories, and look forward with anticipatory expectation to Christmas morning, and that maybe just maybe this year there will be a white Christmas....

There certainly isn't anything wrong with feeling this way.  It's a wonderful feeling to be in the Christmas spirit! 

But I confess that when I say I am in the Christmas spirit, it is more about nostalgia -  chestnuts roasting on an open fire, silver bells, jingle bells, and a white Christmas...  not about the true Spirit of Christmas...

Dear Heavenly Father,

  Renew in me a child-like wonder this Advent, fill me with anticipatory excitement, to receive once again the Good News of great joy remembering the birth of my Savior who is Christ the Lord, the One who came to save me from my sins.  Instill in me the joy of the Spirit of Christmas this Christmas and throughout the year.

In Jesus Precious Name, Amen


Good Christian Men Rejoice 
is a hymn that shares the Good News in wonderful lyrical detail.  You can read more about this lively hymn in my Wednesday Worship post here.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Feature Friday - December 11, 2015


This past week I stopped by Joanne's blog, Days & Thoughts, to read Christmas Preparations.  This blog post may be short, but is filled with words that are profound and edifying!

It always seems that the insights the Lord uses the most in my life, are found in the fewest of words written by dear Christian bloggers.  He meets me in simplicity - the simplicity found in the  Gospel. Christmas Preparations is indeed one of those posts.

Joanne shares the following about herself:

"I am a wife, mom & Mimi who loves the Lord & has found life to be a curious journey. This blog began because I wanted to document our family life & my thoughts to leave for my children & grandchildren one day."

Please stop by Days & Thoughts to read Christmas Preparations.   You will be encouraged and blessed.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday - December 10, 2015

Welcome to another weekly installment of Thanksgiving Thursday.  :-)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Psalm 33:1

Counting my blessings one by one:
  • For God's mercies and protection both seen and unseen...
  • For the joy of experiencing family traditions of Advent with my baby granddaughter...

  • For the sheer delight I feel seeing Lexi take in all the sights and sounds of Christmas...

  • For seeing familiar Scripture verses in new and profound ways; a reminder that His Word is alive and active...
  • For the great gift left by the old hymn writers whose legacy of rich lyrics encourages my soul...
  • For productive days...
  • For simple pleasures like grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup...



  • For my son-in-law's elbow grease, helping to clean around the house...
  • For unseasonably warm early December days...

  • For how much John Piper's book, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, is drawing me closer to the Lord this Advent season...

Praising God for His many blessings this past week.

I’ll count my blessings—
Count them o’er and o’er—
I’ll tell my Father’s goodness—
I will love Him more,
I’ll count my blessings, bountiful and free—
Yet I can never count them all—
So good is God to me!

Carrie E. Breck


A joy that is shared is a joy made double.
Proverb

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday Worship - December 9, 2015




I have always loved how lively and robustly everyone in the congregation would sing Good Christian Men Rejoice.   It could be due to the fact that the tune for this hymn, IN DULCI JUBILO, was originally used for a folk dance; the rhythmic energy permeating throughout.  The lyrics and music together provide the perfect backdrop for making a joyful noise.

Good Christian Men Rejoice
Translator: John Mason Neale

Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye hear of endless bliss
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door
And man is blessed evermore
Christ was born for this
Christ was born for this

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save
Christ was born to save.


"The hymn expresses the good news of the birth of Christ, who is born to save.  This medieval carol calls all Christians to "rejoice with heart and soul and voice!" The earliest manuscript of the text dates from around 1400 (Leipzig), though the carol wasn't published until 1533 in Joseph Klug's Geistliche Lieder (PHH 126). Mention of the carol, however, was made by a fourteenth¬ century writer who claimed that angels sang this hymn while dancing with the mystic Heinrich Suso (d. 1366). The carol is part of the late medieval tradition of teaching Bible stories to peasants by means of folk music. The original bilingual text combined Latin and German.

John M. Neale (PHH 342) provided a rather free English paraphrase that was published in his Carols for Christmastide (1853). The English text originally began "Good Christian men, rejoice" and also included additional words because Neale's associate, Thomas Helmore (PHH 328), made an error in transcribing the rhythm of the tune."


"The story of this hymn has always been about accessibility to the Christmas story. In the late medieval period, there was a tradition of using folk songs to teach illiterate church-goers the Gospel story. This hymn is a good example of that practice. Written in a combination of Latin and German, it would be familiar in both the vernacular and the language of the Church. When set to a familiar folk tune, the people would be able to sing along with ease, and would understand the story.

Over the centuries, this hymn has been translated into many different languages, so many more people could hear and sing these beautiful words that call us to praise. A missionary diary claims that on September 14, 1745, at the Moravian mission in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this hymn was simultaneously sung in thirteen different languages. What a marvelous thought, that we can sing the same song with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, celebrating the story that began all of our own stories."

{Exerpts above from www.hymnary.org} 

I have really been enjoying learning the history behind the hymns!  The story behind Good Christian Men Rejoice was quite fascinating!

Please enjoy listening to Good Christian Men Rejoice found on You Tube...


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts - December 8, 2015

For the first week of December, we are actually enjoying some mild temperatures.  My husband keeps telling me that we've reached that point where having already been exposed to very cold temperatures we think that the upper 40s and low 50s are comfortable temperatures.  He will also tell you that I would wear my winter jacket when it's 70!  I wouldn't go that far, but I do tend to be on the cold side usually.  However, I do agree with him, for some reason this past week, I have found the upper 40s and low 50s quite pleasant.

This past Monday I found myself doing stream of consciousness decorating.  Basically what that means is I did not plan on decorating on Monday, but one thing led to the other and the next thing I knew, I had decorated my whole house!

It all began with my Fontanini Advent calendar...





I had sat down to do some blog reading and started to read a blog about Advent which then prompted me to realize it was December 1st already, and I needed to set up my Advent calendar.  I got up from my computer and headed straight to the kitchen to do just that.  However, it would require me taking the Thanksgiving decorations off the cupboard.   I then needed to go downstairs and retrieve the bags that held the Thanksgiving decorations.  Since I was already removing Thanksgiving from the cupboard and had the bags in hand, I decided I might as well take down ALL the Thanksgiving decorations.  Once that was done, I noticed the furniture seemed a bit dusty, so I set out to dust.  Now everything looked bear, so I thought, well, I might as well start decorating for Christmas and three hours later...  returned to my computer to read a blog post about rest and boy did I need that!  lol.





What have I lingered over this week?
  • A freshly clean slider window, so much so it looked like there was no window, laughing to myself remembering several times walking clear into a closed slider screen thinking the door was open; the first time at my friend's house, with a handful of silverware in my hand, being propelled backwards, falling flat on my back, the sounds of the forks and knives spilling all around, me, laughing hysterically; the second time was at my brothers where my nose print was left in the screen, lol...
  • Looking inside one of the lit Christmas houses on the piano, seeing a Victorian family by their fireplace, decorating their tree; I crawled into this scene, wondering what it must have been like to live in the Victorian era...



  • Shopping with my daughter and granddaughter, seeing baby Lexi sit in the front of a shopping carriage "like a big girl" for the first time, three generations enjoying a fun outing...
  • My Nana's birthday, sparking so many memories of wonderful times spent with my fun & "hip" Nana, hearing echoes of her laughter, her great Irish wit always making me laugh, reminiscing about Nana/granddaughter outings, such sweet memories... 
  • Looking at my sweet, simple, ceramic Christmas house, a gift from my husband many years ago when we only had pennies to spend for Christmas, one he bought on clearance for a dollar or so, and one of my most cherished Christmas presents because of all it represents...



What have I pondered this week?

The rhythm of a baby...  

When my children were babies, I was not yet a believer and so my mindset was not about the character of God and all His wonderful ways as I watched my children grow.

Now as a believer and new grandmother, I am seeing Lexi's milestones through the One who created her.

This week, in particular, Lexi is responding to music.  When her favorite show Bubble Guppies comes on, the theme song makes her smile and jump up and down.  This is something we did not teach her, but she naturally does when she hears any music that she enjoys.  It is sooo CUTE to see her bounce along to the music!

How amazing our God is that He instills in infants an appreciation for music expressed through smiles and joyous bodily motions.  

What am I waiting on God for?
  • Answers to prayer in loved ones lives...
  • Healing for reflux situation...
  • New friendships...
What am I relying on God for?
  • To be free from sickness for upcoming Christmas events...
  • To be free from sickness for upcoming oral surgery...
  • Integrity of tooth prior to extraction...
  • Courage for the tooth extraction and subsequent bone build-up...
  • An easy tooth extraction, not requiring surgical removal...
  • Direction in loved one's lives...
  • My walk of obedience...
  • Writing blog posts...
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Monday, December 7, 2015

To Live by Every Word that Comes from the Mouth of God...





O Word of God incarnate,
  O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
  O Light of our dark sky,
We praise Thee for the radiance
  That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
  Shines on from age to age.

William W. How
1823-1897


 One of the biggest blessings of blogging has been to participate in link-up parties with other brothers and sisters-in-the-Lord.   I always come away from visiting blogs and reading posts encouraged, convicted, and spurred on; gaining new wisdom and insights, and receiving wonderful recommendations and suggestions; truly edified.

What a blessing it is to experience my first Advent as a blogger and to be able to take in the rich and meaningful posts of sweet Christians who share their desire to place Christ first over all the busyness of Christmas preparations; spurring their readers on to do the same.

I have recently read several posts with wonderful book recommendations for the Advent season, one of which was John Piper's, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.  I downloaded a copy to my Kindle app, and I'm so happy I did!

You know that a Christian living book is going to be good when you even draw lessons from the preface!  This was indeed the case with The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.  John Piper begins with John 1:14-16

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

After which John Piper describes a "Holy Spirit soaking" where he was profoundly effected by this verse with new wonder - the fullness of God supplying grace upon grace coming from the Word that was with God and was God...

I then found myself pondering the Word...

There are so many aspects to the Word of God; it is truth; it is unfailing; it is all powerful; and it is eternal.  

The more I thought about the Word, I felt a stirring and excitement about the freedom that is found in God's Word; a freedom that I was losing sight of...

A freedom that comes from remembering that...

God's Word was Jesus!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
John 17:5

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Oh to be mindful of Who the Word was every time I read Scripture!  

"By presenting Jesus Christ as the Word through which all things were created, John is saying that God chose Jesus as His messenger/messiah to tell us about God. He is the revealer of God."
Carey Kinsolving

When I read my Bible, sometimes it becomes so familiar that I don't have in the forefront of my mind that they are the very Words of God - they are God!  Of course, I know indeed they are, but am I actually reading them as if they are!  

All Scripture is breathed out by God 
2 Timothy 3:16

When we receive a letter from a dear friend, we soak in every word, hearing their voice in our mind's ear, seeing them in our mind's eye, they feel close and we feel connected.

Yet I confess, that because I have not seen God in front of me or audibly heard Him speak, it can be hard to comprehend that His Holy Word is no different then that handwritten letter from a close friend - with a very real Person behind the pen...



Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed;
 blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed".
John 20:29

The reality is, this side of Heaven, the only way we can know God is through His Word.  The more we read the Word, meditating on the fact that the Word was God and the Word reveals God, the more we will see and hear Him...


And a freedom that comes from remembering that...

 God's Word is life!

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4

The Words that I speak, they are spirit and they are life
John 6:63

Set your heart unto all the Words...for it is not a vain thing for you; it is your life
Deuteronomy 32:46-47


Often times, I can hear the Still Small Voice asking me if I am living life abundantly - a life abundant in Christ...

 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

The answer sadly is no...

Too often I let my thorny cares, worries, unmet expectations, and my own desires rule my life. Doesn't sound very abundant does it?...

"Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them... 

...As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world... choke the word, and it proves unfruitful."
  Matthew 13:7,22

These Words from Matthew sting and convict...   

I myself have planted these thorns, the very thorns that are choking out the Word, the abundant life that Christ came to give...

My time in the Word is rich and rewarding.  The Holy Spirit illuminates new insights that I receive with excitement.   But too often and too easily I forget those things I received with great joy, the worries and the distractions of the day stealing away the abundant life - the Word I had received earlier...

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 
James 1:23-24

But what if I looked intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abided by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, oh how the Lord would bless me {James 1:25} to yield fruit and have His abundant life!

"Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty...

...As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who HEARS THE WORD AND UNDERSTANDS IT.  He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Matthew 13:3, 23

My cares and worries, my unmet expectations and selfish desires all have their answer in the Word made flesh, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.  He who knows the beginning from the end, who still sits on the throne, whose plans are perfect, and who has a perfect plan for me which comes from His loving hand.

Filtering every situation touching my life through the Word of God...

Believing and trusting all the promises of God...

Living by every Word that comes from the mouth of God...


Oh what peace and joy would be mine!  Oh what freedom I would experience!

A life lived testifying to God's life-giving Word.

Oh how God would be glorified!


Heavenly Father, Please move in me to live by every Word that comes from Your mouth.  Help me to filter every interaction, every situation, every thought, every worry, every unmet expectation, and every selfish desire through Your Word.  Holy Spirit help me to take up the Sword of the Spirit every hour of every day, that I may experience anew the fullness of God and receive grace upon grace... 

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