Greeting Him Expectantly

{Even though this image is no longer my blog header, this post remains true to my story and my life}

I made a new blog header……..by myself.

{Which, in and of itself is somewhat of a miracle, but my technical ineptitude is definitely another story for another time.}  I was searching through my pictures for anything that would work for the header and I found this picture of my son. And it was perfect. Not because I’m a proud momma and he’s adorbs {there is that, too :)}, but because what is going on in this picture perfectly illustrates the verse on the bottom of it…….

This verse from the message has been my blog description for a while now.

It’s significant.

There was  a time, about 5 years ago, when I was weary. I had been walking with God for 6 years. The newness had worn off. The joy I had felt in the beginning was slowly being stripped away by religious-ness.  Life was letting me down. People were letting me down.  I was burdened by all of the things I felt I “should be doing” as a christian woman, all the things I “should be”, all the inner struggles I “shouldn’t have” and I was tired. Worn right out. God was getting lost in the jumble of “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” that were tumbling around inside of me.

I was not sure where to turn.

But

I remembered the darkness, the hopeless, and the utter despair that ruled my life before I knew God and I knew that going back was not an option, could never be an option. I could never not believe in my God.

 I opened my bible. And I read:

15-17This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

 It was then that I knew that all the people that let me down, the “shoulds” and shouldn’ts”, none of it was God.

 I decided to press on.

 I decided to live my life adventurously expectant. I decided to greet God as a child. I decided to let Him make me and my life into something He could use.

 I decided to keep my eyes above. To reach for Him expectantly ……with blind trust, with urgency, in hopefulness, fully expecting good things from His hand, fully believing that my needs will be met…

{I want to look to my Papa God every day the same way my son is looking to me in  this picture}

When I start to lose sight, when the cares of this world threaten to overwhelm, this verse is guidance and rememberance.

Thanks for stopping by. I adore your comments. I love hearing where you are in this whole mishegas we call life…..

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Comments

  1. Beautiful!

  2. Love that picture and the reason you chose it. We all need to have that kind of adoration every day! :O)

  3. love…that’s about all I can say.

  4. this is absolutely beautiful Sara – every single part of it. Your banner is PERFECT – I can’t imagine a better picture to illustrate that quote, and I love the hope and the trust in the message. I especially love this line, “I decided to greet God as a child. I decided to let Him make me and my life into something He could use.” So inspiring, and so much more uplifting than all the shoulds and shouldn’ts.

    And major props on creating the banner yourself – wanna come make one for me? 😀

  5. Love your honesty in this post, thanks for sharing. I certainly need to be reminded to greet God with open and adoring arms.

  6. i love this post. your words speak exactly to some things i have felt as well. loving God day in and day out is challenging – when legalism and religion try to take over for joy, and grace, and true obedience to our savior.

    love this.

    love your header.

  7. I found your blog via Etsy, and was expecting to see how you make your awesome necklaces. I was NOT expecting you to share a word that I needed to heard today. I was saved as a young girl, and always lived in a Christian home, but as I wife and mother, I am just now coming into my relationship with the Lord. Thank you for sharing this, and I look forward to more from you!

  8. sara, love this. funny how you wrote this so long ago, and it is timely for me today. praise jesus.

    love ya xo

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