Not What I Expected


“Well, that was different!” All of us have had those times when we thought something would be different than what actually happened. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised & sometimes we are bitterly disappointed. Thankfully, nothing catches the Holy Spirit by surprise & when I remember this, I’m always deeply encouraged in my soul. Furthermore, I’m increasingly convinced that the Holy Spirit uses all kinds of experiences, people & even uncertainties to help me walk more closely with Him.

So the key take away I’d suggest for today is that we stay in love with God & true to how God has designed us. When we do these things, no matter what happens God will work out things to be beneficial to us, based on Romans 8:28 🙂

Feel free to share this with anyone who could be going through some unexpected challenges!

admiration & esteem

 I’ve been thinking about people who I admire & more specifically, what I admire about these individuals.  Here are some thoughts:

  • Kathy – I admire her quiet strength;  she is the glue to her family
  • Christy – I admire her willingness to serve & use her talents in any opportunity to glorify Jesus
  • Karen – I admire her wisdom & ability to hear God
  • Steve – I admire his exuberance & zest for life
  • Diane – I admire her ability to work SUPER HARD & not complain
  • Tim – I admire his leadership & willingness to make step up & make difficult decisions
  • Jeremy – I admire his willingness to not get stuck in his intelligence but to include the reality of healthy spiritual living
  • Julie – I admire her commitment to spiritual community even when its difficult
These thoughts have come on the heels of something I read this morning: Phil 4:8 – think about what is true, honorable, right, lovely, pure & a good repute / admirable.  It seems to me that when I look for these things or think about them, its easier to find & see them all around me 🙂