1. Great reflections here! It’s so true that our expectations can change a lot. It’s sad when they blind us to the blessings we have by causing us to focus on what is lacking.

  2. Expectations can really be a problem. I’m guilty of that big time in my own life. It’s something I have to remember as a key to why I might not be feeling contented. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. This is great, Diane! It reminds me of the story of Jonah. He had unmet expectations as well. I know I need to pray about this. So much to learn and reset our brains on. Thanks for the insight!

  4. So true! I miss the blessing because I have my eyes and heart fixed on something different, and often something inferior. Thanks for the reminder to surrender my pride, my ‘I know what’s best’ attitude, to God each day.

  5. Oh, I have learned some hard lessons in this area by putting expectations on friends that they were never going to meet. Good word. laurensparks.net

  6. This is so true! We get in the habit of predicting how God is going to react, what He’s going to do to answer our prayer. What we fail to remember is that God is omniscient. He always knows what’s best for us, which means sometimes He answers our prayer with “no,” “not yet,” and maybe even “yes.” If He gives us something we didn’t expect and we don’t like it, it’s only because we have temporarily stopped trusting Him. You’re right, whatever He gives us is always the best. We just need to believe it. Great article, thank you!

  7. Love the connections you make here, Diane! Sometimes the simplest things lead to the most profound ideas. Great post.

  8. Wonderful analogy. Our expectations can so set us up for disappointment. May we always trust God – that His ways are best even when we may not fully understand.

  9. WOW this hit a nerve, thank yo for sharing this post with grace and truth link up. Pinned to share with our Living Our Priorities community.

  10. My expectations are always tripping me up when they are unmet. I see this more and more in my life. Now I am trying not to not have such rigid expectations and have flexible expectations. As well as see the blessings in the unmet expectations.

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