Not My Will…But Thy Will

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TOPIC: In Real Life
I’ve discovered that real life requires me to live expectantly without expectations. 

Can you recall a vacation or a holiday where you were all excited and you could hardly wait for the big event to arrive.  You envisioned it playing out one way and when the time arrived it was nothing like you imagined. 

In real life things often don’t turn out the way we expect them to. 

When I was younger, this used to really bother me.  It used to leave me feeling empty and discouraged when my expectations were not met.  Now, I live expectantly without expectations.  I don’t get my hopes up anymore for a certain situation or a certain person to act the way I think they should.  

Today, my desire is to live in the moment, the real life moment in front of me, and to not waste time worrying about why that moment doesn’t always look like the perceived one I had rolling around in my head. 

Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.   ~ Max Lucado

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  Psalm 5:3

16 thoughts on “Not My Will…But Thy Will

  1. Tea

    I'm stopping by from The Gypsy Mama… and I definitely need to learn to live without expectations. I love the quote, and need to make it something I consciously think about more often.

  2. Eileen

    Glenda, I just love how blunt and to the point that Lucado quote is!

    Tea, you are right, it IS a conscious choice everyday.

    Allen, thanks, I wrote it cause I needed to hear it. 🙂

    Allison, Yep!

    Arny, So glad to have connected! Like your writing too…and your a Star Wars fan 😉

  3. Lisa

    Such great perspective, Eileen! We will also be disappointed when we put our hope in people or events in this world. But when we put our hope in God, He gives us so much more than we could ever imagine – He gives us real life. 🙂
    Love the Max Lucado quote! Many blessings, sweet friend!

  4. Beck Gambill

    Expectantly without expectations, great perspective! My one expectation is that someday I will live in eternity where expectations are met in a way and by a Person I could never imagine!

  5. Shannon Milholland

    Eileen, "expectantly without expectations" – so beautiful. That phrase struck my heart. God, I want to live expecting great things from You while sprinkling everyone else with grace.

  6. Heidi

    Love that quote! I learned when I got married that when you place expectations on people you end up dissapointed. I place my expectations in the Lord because ultimately He is the one who meets all of my needs! Great post 🙂 Happy weekend!

  7. Stacy @ Heartprints of God

    "…live expectantly without expectations."
    Yes, Lord, teach me to live this way, too.

    Thank you, Eileen….God knew I needed to see life from a different perspective.

    Have a blessed weekend-

  8. Kandi


    What a great post today, I especially love the quote you inserted by Max Lucado. I also love your perspective, to live expectantly without expectations, when we live with expections we are so often let down and besides God can far out do our human expectations. Love this post today.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  9. Amy @ Make me a Mary

    Wonderful post! This was a totally different take on the way I approached this topic, and I love what you've said here. So true. Also, thank you for your very kind comment on my blog this morning. You have a beautiful blog! So glad I found you. Blessings!

  10. brittany

    oh goodness, do i hear you on this post. it is so difficult for me to release my expectations, even when i know i need to. thank you for this encouragement! what a powerful five minutes!

  11. Tracy

    HI Eileen, I really like that – live expectantly, without expectation – I'm going to write that down to mull over and get into my heart.
    God bless


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