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Find Sufficiency in Broken Expectations

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SufficiencyThere are times when we meditate on the Lord, and we know God is our sufficiency. But, when finances, estranged relationships, or demanding responsibilities threats our well-being we still meditate but often on the wrong things.

When I experience fear or apprehension, it’s usually because I’ve focused on “lack” or “load.” Either my expectations were not met (lack) or I was trying to meet too many expectations (load).

By definition, expectations are beliefs. These beliefs are strong enough to influence our emotions. When expectations disappoint us or there are too many expectations to carry, we imagine an unfavorable result. But, we can find sufficiency in broken expectations. God’s Word reveals a different expectation—hope.

A healthy meditation helps us contemplate the things of God. We engage with God, and He becomes our focus. This intimate connection stirs an intentional choice to filter our thoughts and motives through the Biblical pages of His truth. The power found between these leather-bounded pages is miraculous. His Word provides Kingdom perspective and hope.

Our hearts always meditate, but we have to choose the right focal point. So, how do we do that? We realize our meditations are closely related to our words.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer, (Psalms 19:14 New American Standard Bible).

Words are audible, but most of the time they’re silent conversations in our minds. With God’s help, we can restrain any thoughts that contradict God’s truth and bring that contradiction to Godly submission (2 Cor 10:5).

Godly meditations will form healthy expectations. (Click to Tweet) Meditating on God’s Word will bring quiet strength, and we will wholeheartedly proclaim, “God, You’re my sufficiency.”

Have a blessed weekend

Marisa Shadrick

 

References

“Expectation.” Merriam-Webster. Accessed May 30, 2014. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectation.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). . LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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