Expectations…

Expectations…

Expectations. We all have them. Many of us push against them. The “piano-playing, be-silent-and-always-agreeable” expectations of previous generations have given way to “be-at-everything, teach-all-bible-studies, be-perfect-and-always-happy, and lead-the-women’s-ministry” kinds of expectations. When we allow other people’s expectations— or even expectations of ourselves— to have the power to shape us into the kinds of women and leaders we should be, rather than the God who called us into ministry in the first place, we find ourselves quickly trapped in that prison otherwise known as a pedestal. As Gloria Steinem says, “A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”

We have to learn to reframe expectations in the light of God’s Word. This is so freeing! Learning that many of our expectations cannot and should not be met liberates us from the confining prison of trying to measure up to impossible standards.

We need to learn and rest in some essential truths:

We are not omniscient. It is impossible to know all the answers both biblically and spiritually to all things in life, relationships, parenting, marriage and the many struggles that come from relationships. We cannot have every line of scripture stuffed into our heads. We cannot be the sole source for wisdom, counsel, and advice. We are not God; neither are you. And that’s a good thing.

We are not omnipresent. We cannot be at every baby shower, wedding, surgery, hospital bed, women’s ministry event, small group party, and leadership meeting while still making it to every soccer game, school performance, PTA meeting, date night, and birthday party. It is not possible. We cannot be in all places at all times. We are not God; neither are you. And that’s a good thing.

We are not omnipotent. It is not possible to have a life free of struggle, weakness, and heartache. It’s not in our own ability to handle, anything that life and people throw our way. We are not perfect. We are not all-powerful. We are not God; neither are you. And that’s a good thing.

Before you get in the truck: Today we’ve been reminded about what we are not. Now let’s remind ourselves who we are. Spend some time meditating on these scriptures: Ephesians 1:3-8, Romans 8:28-30 and Ephesians 2:10.

Ephesians 1:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

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My Reflection…

James 1:23-25 ~ 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. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

God is showing me so much of where I need to be better. The reflection is sometimes ugly on the surface but He’s revealing to me the beauty and grace He has reserved just for me. A new thing,  a new perspective, a new peace and understanding engrossed in the ills of the world and my surroundings, He’s tapping in and saying look at yourself girl,  all that’s happening around you,  YOU mirrorneed to change the things that aren’t of me before you can expand beyond your immediate circumstances. It’s not often a comfortable place but it’s a necessary one to impact change and open the door to the promises we sabatoge. I’m starting now, battered but empowered. For His glory. He is able. Declaring victory and peace in my life. It’s already done. Love and blessings!

Prayer:  Most Precious Lord Jesus, Gentle And Wonderful God, Truly Awesome And Ever-present Holy Spirit, Precious Lord Jesus, I love you. I praise your name even when the chaos of my life means I don’t know whether I am coming or going. My life is a harried and pressure-filled mess right now. Help me live more at peace with myself, with others, and most of all, with you. When I start to lose hope amidst the pressures of my life, stop me for a moment and call upon my heart to look up to you. When I start to lose hope amidst the pressures of my life, stop me for a moment and call upon my heart to listen to your sweet voice telling me how much you love me. When my harried life afflicts me hour after hour, remind me how your peace is just a prayer away. All these things I humbly pray in the name of my most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom I can rely. Amen!

Written by: Cybill

Living at peace…OnPurpose!!

I am redefining ME

redefinePsalms 139:14 –  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

The decisions we make, whether personal or professional, are a direct result of what we think of ourselves.  You can be smart, beautiful, creative, brilliant but if you’re not awakened to that truth, you’ll never walk in the fullness of who God created you to be.

You’ll constantly be subject to the opinions of others and you’ll settle for what they say you’re worthy or capable of.

I’ve learned that it is the enemies assignment to keep you bound to the opinions of others and sometimes, to the false thoughts we have of ourselves.  It’s his job to make sure we settle, when God has called us to live an abundant life.  Take the time to know thyself; the quality of your life depends on it!    Just say NO to Mediocrity!! #knowthyself 💕

Be the Best. Give the Best. Love the Best. Experience the Best.

Pray this prayer with me:

Truly Awesome And Ever-present Holy Spirit…
I know what the point my life has been.
I know what the point of my life should be.
In your love and grace, remind me every hour the point of my life is to love you.
In your love and grace, remind me every hour the point of my life is to live in your truth.
In your love and grace, remind me every hour the point of my life is to be your humble child.
In your love and grace, remind me every hour the point of my life is to do your will rather than my own.
In your love and grace, remind me every hour the point of my life is to be more than I could ever be for you and you alone.  These things I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!!

Written By: Le Trece [Coco]

Redefining Me…OnPurpose!