Expectant Heart

brideexpectantHave you ever been waiting on an important phone call or email, hoping to hear good news? Maybe it’s waiting on that job offer you’re hoping for or that cute guy that asked for your phone number to call or maybe waiting to hear if you got the offer approved on that new house you’ve been wanting. You know that feeling right? Like you think about it a ton and you keep checking your email, phone or anything else, just to hear the great news you’ve been hoping for. What an exciting feeling!

I actually have this feeling a lot. Since going down the road of publishing, you are constantly expectant of that one email or phone call that changes everything. But along the way, sometimes you get that “no” you weren’t expecting. Or maybe the answer you’re wanting is taking SO long that your hope just slowly fades until you just check your email or phone, without even thinking that great thing is around the corner.

I’ve had those moments too. I got plenty of “no’s.” And in that moment, it was not fun. Disappointing. Sometimes so much so that you just want to give up. But even in that waiting time and even during the period of “no’s,” there were many blessings and connections happening. I couldn’t see it then because I wasn’t looking, but looking back, God was there doing His thing. Making stuff happen. Good stuff.

When we have an expectant heart, our eyes are big and open to the blessings that we KNOW God is going to give us. We are expectant that God is going to do GREAT things in our lives and we are looking for it, watching it and waiting for it. We have HOPE in God. Our eyes and ears are tuned in, and watching for the miracles about to happen.

HOPE :: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. 

This week I have an expectant heart even more than usual because it’s PINK IMPACT at Gateway Church! It’s an awesome women’s conference that will have amazing speakers like Chris Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Charlotte Gambill, Judah Smith, Perry Noble, and more! I have gone to Pink for the last 5ish years and every year, I have an expectant heart and God delivers! I expected for God to show up, give me a fresh word, a creative idea, another step into my destiny, and it happens.

Pink Impact 2008 :: My very first Pink Impact. God poured out his love for me and ignited a passion and desire to be close to Him more than ever before.

Pink Impact 2009 :: God birthed Embrace Grace into me and Salina’s hearts and gave us a vision to help the babies and the mommas.

Pink Impact 2010 :: God told me Embrace Grace was going to be BIG. (It already is way bigger, and have an expectant heart for it to be REALLY big.)

Pink Impact 2011 :: God told me to write a book. I declared and wrote “write a book” in the Live It Tent on campus.

Pink Impact 2012 :: Submitted my proposal to my book to literary agents (and signed with one a few weeks later)

Pink Impact 2013 :: I have no idea but I’m expecting something awesome.

You don’t have to go to a Pink Impact though to expect great things – God is doing things FOR YOU right now! Even when you can’t see it, it’s happening. Start praising Him for the blessings and miracles He is doing on your behalf! The moment you lose hope in God, is the moment you lose your purpose and joy in life.

Look back on your own life, look at how God has blessed you and guided you. Even when you disobeyed or went your own way, He lovingly got you back on course. He WANTS you to fulfill your destiny! Just listen expectantly!

Put your hope in God and have an expectant heart and let nothing take it away from you! He wants us to expect intensely – and knowing God will deliver!

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. {Psalm 5:3}

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. {Romans 15:4}

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” {Jeremiah 29:11}

Written by Amy Ford

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