The rain drenched my first-ever decorative flag. Oh, I know it’s made for any weather. Somehow, I felt disappointed.
Could it be my expectations for the holidays are creeping higher without my knowledge?
I do not recall approving any internal memo that gave the go-ahead for expecting …
Santa’s reindeer whistle around every corner
melodious carols each time I start my car
delicious “low-calorie” food prepared by someone other than me
long-lingering quality time with friends and family
Does this happen to you? Under your radar, expectations get knocked up a notch or five around this time of year?
All I know is Jesus has a birthday this month, and I am full of joy.
Soaring on clouds, imagining I am higher than the eagles. Toes are tapping as I hum my seasonal faves. My eyes, I pray they sparkle with the living light of the world.
For where would the world be without Jesus? What if He never came down, left the comforts of heaven? What if there was no New Testament?
Friends, this is the reason we rejoice every day: His saving, His grace, His amazing forgiveness … all healing power to make us a new creation here on earth.
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3: 16-17).
This is the reason we want to follow Him, to love Him well, to please Him.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together will all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Therefore, IF we fall into a habit of setting expectations high, let’s set them on Jesus.
Our Messiah, Our Immanuel.
May we never demand from Our Almighty but expect the impossible is MORE THAN doable from He, the babe in a barn wrapped in cloth.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever, Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Those of us who like to know the future need to get over ourselves.
Instead, let’s focus our energy here:
- Expect the impossible with Jesus and expect to be in awe.
2. Pray the impossible as you cling to His cloth.
3. Celebrate Mary’s impossible this Christmas (and every day that’s humanly possible):
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34).
Welcome everyone! How will you pray and expect the impossible? Feel free to start a conversation here or email me privately at email@example.com
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Have a blessed Monday.