Soulful Sunday – An Expectant Heart

Do you remember the feeling of Christmas morning as a child? For most, that rush, sleepless nights on the Eve and urge to do a sneak peek at the set up noises you heard beyond your bedroom door was so beyond exciting! Talk about having something to look forward to gave our innocent lives indescribable meaning!

For me and during those times, I was the oldest of three and the only girl. I developed this “Need to Know” mentality very early and would often look for the hidden spots where my gifts were stored beforehand. Due to the small bode my family lived in, hiding places were limited and I often discovered before Christmas Day what I was getting.

It’s funny now, but when I think about it deeper I actually robbed myself and my parents of the joy of expectancy simply because I couldn’t wait!

Now that I’m all grown up I find that some of those “need-to-know” characteristics still linger within me. I’ve been excessively frustrated at my progression in life at times as a result. 

However, in this phase of life what I want access to early in knowledge or tangible grasp I’m just not going to find! What I long for is in my Heavenly Father and he can conceal things better than anyone until He decides otherwise! No matter how hard I seek to expose his blessings for me prematurely, they just won’t be discovered in my timing!

Lately, In order to ease my inquisitive mind and heart, I’ve decided to go back to my early child-like mentality just a little bit. I have been rising early to spend time with God every morning and present myself with gratitude first and foremost just for blessing me to see another dawning. Then my spirit becomes thrilled and great expectancy begins to flow from my heart. 

Sometimes it’s not about anything in particular. It’s just that I finally view Him as the God he truly is! I am His child; He is my Father. He is my Superman and can do all things! He owns the entire world and made everything in it. As a result, I have an inheritance in Him and today could be the day He decides to pour out so I proactively anticipate! 

Even by the close of the day if nothing of great significance occurs, I’ve been going to bed thankful most nights and mentally review even The smallest blessings that happened that day. I don’t want to take them for granted. I fall to sleep peacefully but still child-like anxious to see what He has for me the next day!

Having a grateful expectant heart is so much better for my soul and spirit than being ungrateful that I didn’t get what I thought I deserved. It’s the trust and child-like faith that brings sweet peace and much needed rest.

I know that the Word says that as adults we must put away childish things, but I think in this matter, God marvels in our innocent dependence and acceptance that He’s sure to bless us.
Until next time- Happy Sunday!

13 thoughts on “Soulful Sunday – An Expectant Heart”

  1. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚ I really love that last paragraph about innocent dependence. So true. I think when most (If not all) of us wanted to know desperately what we were getting for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. What a wonderful reminder of having a heart of child-like expectation and one of thanksgiving!!! I too find myself ungrateful for things and impatient for the things that I desire. I should of read this yesterday morning. But not since I have read it I will remember it when I feel the urge to complain and be impatient. Thanks lady!
    Sis Sonja Poitier

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  3. Oh wow! This is indeed a lesson I have to pick up! Not having the things we want now can make us quite ungrateful for the things we do have. I choose to have a child-like expectancy in God! Loved the analogy and this piece was all levels of amazing! Thanks for sharing Chanel. Have a great week!!

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  4. I think that clock picture you posted is proof that many people want to know NOW. It’s normal for us humans of which I believe, the Creator is aware. Lately I have had to say first “Grant me the knowledge of your will”, because I found myself trying to figure things out soon as I opened my eyes in the morning. As if I am running something! Haha. It’s a big relief when I come to my senses.

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    1. Right!! Lol! I had to laugh at the line “as if I’m running something!” That me way to often but I m thankful for developing humility and deeper faith in the Father. He really does know us best! Blessings to you and thanks for the smile!๐Ÿค—

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  5. Wonderful writing! You spending time with God in the morning and before sleep allows you to receive the blessings of your relationship with Him. He so much wants us to be near him! I fall short on my walk of faith on days when the ” me” stuff gets out if perspective and I place it above time with God. You provide a gentle reminder to keep our perspective each day. Thank you for sharing your gift and observations!

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