"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
– Norman Vincent Peale

You Can Have Mine, If You Give Me Yours

POSTED: September 3rd, 2009 BY: Kimberly

Transitions are exciting and challenging; yet, if we’re honest, at times they can be downright frightening. Transitions are the opposite of comfortable. They require moving; and not just of your body. Your mind, your feelings, your emotions, your ideas all have to make the “jump” if you are going to have a fulfilling transition.

This week as I dreamed about our next transition and imagined how wonderful it is going to be, God arrested my thoughts with these words: “Kimberly, you must give Me your expectations in order to be fulfilled by My expectations.”

“What?” I answered. “Well, I thought they were the same, God.” And so began my conversation with Him. In a few moments, His Spirit gently showed me that when I have expectations that are founded in my own desires (even though they are tied to good motives) they actually hinder the progress of transition.

In meditation, Psalm 37:4 came back to me. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV). Delighting in the Lord actually means spending time with Him in ways that make Him Lord over every part of me. It is an ideal state of alignment. When I am aligned perfectly, I begin to want what He wants for me. Then He can give me the desires of my heart because my desires are His desires.

So, I’m learning that this pause in the transition is not me waiting on God; He is waiting on me. Some of my expectations need to be traded out. This won’t be easy, but I want to grow so I can go. I have some work to do. What about you?

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