Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Expect the Unexpected!

So, a few weeks back I was in my usual "Why is God not coming through for us?" mode when my husband came home and started telling me about a conversation he had.  And part of that conversation was to "expect the unexpected"!  Well, imagine my thoughts in that moment!  Yeah right!  I felt badly about my thinking and it took me a little while of Word-searching (God's word) to start getting more perspective in my heart and so too in my emotions.

Those pesky emotions!!!!

Fast-forward to a week later where my emotions are all behaving as they should and I am speaking right things in my mind and heart....

I wake up, and before I get up, I determine to pray!  You know, ask the Lord for that which we desperately need, and so I start out.... "Dear Lord Jesus...."  And I paused.  I decided instead of asking the Lord for the things we desperately needed in that moment, I would praise Him, I would worship Him.... and so I did....!


Then I got up!  Traipsed off to the kitchen to feed the ever hungry hounds and before I had set about this task I got a text!  Of course, in need, I assumed it would be bad news, but NO.... It was awesome news.  Our needs had been met!  By an unlikely source!  By an unexpected never to be expected source!   I was stumped!  I yelled for my still snoozing hubby and informed him of the text!  His words.... Yes, expect the unexpected!

Only God right?!  Only He could chuck in the unexpected like that!  I am humbled and grateful!

My encouragement to you is twofold:
  1. When tempted to beg the Lord for your needs (and I am not saying, don't ask, His word says DO ask), praise Him rather.  God wants a sacrifice of praise.  And every single time, He changes circumstances!
  2. Secondly, expect the unexpected!  Don't expect the worst, despite our pesky emotions trying to get us to do just that!  And remind yourself of all the times the Lord has ALREADY come through for you.

God bless
Tracy

19 comments:

  1. That is good news Tracy! Isn't it weird sometimes that we ask God, the Creator of the Universe for things or answers, and we do not really expect supernatural things to happen?

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    1. I know right?! I was praying this morning and asking the Lord to forgive me for not expecting the unexpected! He created all, any need is nothing to Him!
      God bless Marja

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    1. Thank you Shortybear, it is quite profound!
      God bless

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  3. Expecting the unexpected I am!!!! Great word my friend!!!
    xoxoxo

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    1. Hi Stacey, God is so good ALL THE time and we forget He is capable of fullfilling ANY need we have!
      God bless

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  4. Amen, dear friend! This is wonderful, much-needed encouragement today. Sending you much love and gratitude for your obedience to the Lord. You are a shining light!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you sweet lady, you always make me feel good and encouraged!
      God bless

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  5. That is so wonderful. He continues to amaze with His provision to us out of His great love for us. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Joanne, He does and I am so grateful
      God bless

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  6. Such good words! I need to stop living "not good enough," "not deserving" - and living expecting the unexpected!Shalom, Tracy - on your week!

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    1. Hi Mary-Leigh, Shalom to you too my friend. Yes, although we are undeserving, He is generous and His word says He is gracious and merciful and He seeks to bless us abundantly, we need just believe...
      God bless

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  7. After all these years of seeing God do AMAZING things, I can still forget to expect the unexpected. ha. Thanks for this reminder, Tracy, that God will always be faithful---and often in ways we couldn't have imagined!

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    1. Hi Lisa, I know right?! We always forget. It reminds me of the Israelites in the desert. They saw amazing things and we wonder why they couldn't stand firm. And me? I'm just like them some days!
      God bless

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  8. Yay! This is such a great phrase and testimony to His faithfulness an humor and kindness. Just awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love surprises when the unexpected arrives it enlarges our faith. We do walk by faith and not by sight - - yet as women we like to SEE and KNOW - - NOW not tomorrow. We all are learning patience as He delights to bless us with surprises. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  10. I too am always thinking it has to be something "bad" whenever the unexpected happens. He is convicting me to have the opposite thought process, which you think would be easy since 99% of the time all is usually pretty darn good!

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  11. More often than not, I worry about the unexpected things. (Negative Nora here). But yes, how much better to expect God to do the unexpected!! Great encouragement here today!!

    GOD BLESS!

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