Child-like expectation …

Have you ever watched a child, excitedly sharing their stories with someone they love and trust?  They are filled with so much passion, expression and joy!  And, as we listen and respond, they hang onto every word we say!  Oh, that look in their eyes … that innocence … and that expectation!  Think about it for a moment …

That, my friend, is what God is seeking from us … that relationship ~ sharing our heart with Him, no matter what we are thinking/feeling; and then that childlike faith [trusting, humble, and forgiving] ~ hanging on to His every Word.  He longs for that openness and expectancy on our part ~ to seek Him and believe ~ to receive His perfect love, His perfect healing, His perfect wisdom, everything we need!

“unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives], and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving] … ” Matthew 18:3 Amplified

I have a friend who is inspiring me and why I am blogging today.  This young lady, a new believer, recently received a diagnosis of cancer.  To watch her faith grow exponentially, to see her ability to find joy In Christ, in the midst of reports of chemo and radiation; to hear her talk of the blessings, in the midst of this whirlwind … increases my faith, as I share God’s Word with her!!!

“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”
Hebrews 11:1

What are we hoping for in that scripture?  As we read throughout the Bible, we find God’s promises for us, through Jesus Christ.  And, as we excitedly find out what He says …. we can stand in faith … the assurance of things hoped for … but not yet seen.

Take courage, whatever you face, God says HE is with you, HE will never leave you, HE is your refuge …. what are you hoping for that aligns with HIS Word/promises?

“… and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”  James 5:15 Amplified

“But without faith, it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists, and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6

Seek HIM with that child-like faith ~ expectation, anticipation … for HE loves you and will walk with you no matter how difficult the journey!

God’s Love and Blessings,

W-a-i-t-i-n-g …

Everyone reading this is waiting for something, right?  Whether waiting for our circumstances to change; the birth of a child … or a grand idea; waiting for something small … or a miracle … waiting is part of our every day life. 

And as you think about what you are waiting for … how often have you grown impatient, began to doubt or even given up hope? I know I have at times.  But then I remember …

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

I remember that He created each one of us with a very specific plan and purpose, and I take comfort knowing that in HIS amazing love for us, HE gives us the wisdom and the patience to wait for those plans to come about ~ for God’s perfect timing!  Here’s how …

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord;
be brave and of good courage and
let your heart be stout [brave, strong] and enduring …”
Psalm 27:14

Notice there is action required on your part ~

“Trust in the Lord and do good; …
     (lean on, rely on, and be confident)

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and
     He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord
     [roll and repose each care of your load on Him];
trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass…

Be still and rest in the Lord;
wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him;

fret not …”
Psalm 37:3-7 (Amplified)

So, I am waiting with expectancy for many wondrous things, as I know you are.  Seek and follow His guidance.

When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.  “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.”  Jeremiah 29:12 (The Message) 

God’s Love and Blessings to you and yours!
Michelle Lord Samples