Wanting It Our Way

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The following post is one that I shared a little over a year ago on another website.  I would still love to hear your stories of wanting things “your way” instead of God’s. ūüôā

Have you ever wanted it your way?¬† I know you are probably wondering, what does that mean?¬† Wanting it our way is when we have a process of start to finish of how something should go.¬† However, when it doesn’t fall in line with our expectations, we become disillusioned into thinking that it didn’t happen, or couldn’t happen because we didn’t check off all the steps that we had for the process.

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This past week, there wasn’t anything that went as planned.  My after work naps either didn’t happen, or were later than planned.  My during the week walks/and or visits to the beach didn’t go as planned.  And then phone calls that I needed to make to take care of business didn’t go as planned because I wasn’t able to reach people. 

However, God showed me that I wanted it my way.  He had a different set of plans for the week:  I got a chance to spend some time with my young adult son watching Little House on the Prairie.  This was totally unplanned.  Just so happened that he pulled in the driveway right after me.  I turned the TV on to a recording, expecting to fall asleep, but I didn’t. We watched an episode entitled, “The Three Bullies”.  Charles had to protect his wife from some obstinate town bullies.  The children showed the adults a lesson in how coming together in numbers gives strength rather than fighting alone.

My second God moment was riding home from the library midweek after bible study and catching a glimpse of God’s glorious sunset.  There were hues of medium pink streaking across the sky.  The air felt perfect.  And all was calm.  And guess what?  My way wasn’t the best way after all.

What simple, functional, grace-filled things replaced your “wanting it your way” this past week?  Would love to hear your stories!

God bless!

Katina

Episode 57: Are We Expecting Too Much?

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Healing Our Brokenness
Episode 57: Are We Expecting Too Much?
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Do you expect too much of other people? What about yourself ? Did you know that expectations are tied into limitations? In case you missed our last episode, you can catch it here: “The Gift of Limitations”. Click down below to listen to this week’s episode to see how you fit in.

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Reflection Questions:

What areas are you expecting too much of yourself?

What areas are you expecting too much of others?

What areas are others expecting too much of you?

How can you tie in limitations to your unreasonable expectations?

Bible Verses for Meditation:

The¬†Lord¬†said to him, ‚ÄúGo back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael¬†king over Aram.¬†16¬†Also, anoint¬†Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha¬†son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah¬†to succeed you as prophet.¬†17¬†Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael,¬†and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.¬†18¬†Yet I reserve¬†seven thousand in Israel‚ÄĒall whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed¬†him.‚ÄĚ

1 Kings 19: 15-18