Monday, 8 October 2012

Raging Expectations!

The other morning I read to let anger go and I realized how angered I am every day by every slight, every nuance of unfairness (to me) and how that anger quickly erupts because I let it grow into unresolved resentment.

I don't want to be an angry bird :)

So I prayerfully asked the Lord, "How do I let it go?  How do I not keep getting angry, as the reason for it is not going to change?"  and this came to mind:  "Don't have any expectations." 

Okay, that's depressing!  But I mulled on it and took it further.
If I don't have any expectations:
  • I won't be disappointed
  • I won't be angry, thus
  • I won't be resentful.
God did top it off by reminding me to place my expectations at His feet!  Why?  Because God NEVER disappoints!

So, firstly I had to ask God's forgiveness because anger hurts the person I'm angry with, me, and anyone around me.  And secondly, I had to place all my expectations on Him.  
This does 2 things:  
  1. It removes my resentment, and 
  2. also by placing my expectations on the Lord, He changes my heart and my expectations change for what His heart wants.
Psalm 62 v 5:  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.


My encouragement to you is to place your expectations on Christ, He moulds them if needed and He never lets us down.

God bless
Tracy

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful honest posting. Thank you Tracy....God bless

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    1. Hi Noeline, thank you sweet lady. Your words always bless
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. Such a blessings to catch up with a number of your posts! Yes, if God is for us, who can stand against us!!

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    1. Hi Karin - thank you! I haven't visited you enough lately. I will be over soon.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. Beautiful reminder my friend...simply beautiful!!!

    Thank you for always encouraging me in the right direction :))

    Blessings~
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey - ahh sweet lady, you encourage me
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. You gave me something to think about Tracy, when I'm angry, does it come out of too high expectations?? Hhmmm, it is indeed better to set my eyes on God and not on people...

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    1. Hi Marja - I've been trying to figure out where my issues come from and yes, expectations is one of those areas.
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  5. Tracy,

    This is so timely to me because the testimony I'm preparing to share is my own struggle with anger and how it almost damaged our home,family,and relationship with my daughter. I walk along side you in this, relying on the peace of God to transform the ugliest parts inside of us. Thank you for your transparency and honesty

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    1. Hi Brenda, firstly, thank you for your prayers. They mean so much to me, and secondly, I would love to hear your testimony in this area. So grateful for great blogger friends like you
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. Expectations is a huge one for me. Thanks for hitting on it today! Blessings ~ jen

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    1. Hi Jen, its huge for me too. Time to place my expectations on the ONE who does not let us down, ever!
      God bless
      Tracy

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  7. Feeling disappointed because of my expectations is what I tend to battle the most.

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    1. Hi Wanda, you and me both, I'll pray for you too :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. I've learned that God wants me to live expectantly...but without expectations. He wants me to place my hope and dreams in His hands and trust Him. Easy to type...harder to do sometimes.

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    1. Hi Eileen, I think I'm going to make that my BBM status, 'live expectantly...but without expectations. Perfect words for how we are to live.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  9. Such a great verse ... I need to put it on my fridge.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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    1. Hi Glenda - it is isn't it! Think I'm going to make it my verse for the week!
      God bless
      Tracy

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  10. Hi Tracy! Letting go of your expectations (and anger)...humm. I’m still working on this myself, but the few times I have managed to let go have been truly redeeming! When we change our way of thinking, we free two people at one time. The other person is free from having to behave in a certain way, and you are free to love better. Letting go is hard, but definitely worth it! :)

    Blessings and love dear friend!
    Denise

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