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Life is filled with expectations! However, many times they go unmet and yet God continues to bless and provide. This Advent, some of our Messiah staff will share stories of times when their life expectations were not met and yet God worked through the situation anyway. We pray these stories will encourage you as we think about What to Expect...When You're Expecting! Let’s prepare our hearts and homes for Jesus, the best unexpected blessing we will ever receive!!

God Is Working

Char Roth | School Nutrition

As a mother, I began praying for my daughter during the nine months of pregnancy, and I have never stopped. I prayed for her to have a wonderful life. I prayed for who she would marry. I prayed for her to have a strong faith. I couldn’t have anticipated even a quarter of the stuff that would happen to her. It makes me think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Did she anticipate all that would happen to her son, Jesus?

I had high expectations of how things would go for my daughter. Well, things don’t always turn out the way we think they should. Her marriage, her work, her home–all of these things ended up different than I expected.

After her marriage ended, she moved 1,000 miles away. I was so sad but also hopeful that this would provide her a fresh start. What I thought would be an opportunity, turned into disaster after disaster. As a single woman, she ended up in the huge city of Houston. The city was hit by the hurricane, and she was flooded out for over a week. Her workplace had to close due to the damage, and she lost her job.  What a disaster!

And yet, as we both look back, we see that God was with us through all of it. He was growing her faith and my faith, teaching us to trust in Him in all things.

Recently she called and asked me to pray for a friend. Turns out he has been struggling too. He asked my daughter, “How do you always seem to have it all together?”  While we both know she doesn’t, she was able to tell her friend that Jesus Christ is the One who gives her the strength and direction she needs. God is working in and through my daughter in the midst of all of these disasters. I can trust in Him. You can too!

Psalm 39:7
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in you.

Prayer
Lord God, our hope is in You. So many times we have high expectations and are then let down by the disasters of life.  Help us to wait on You. Help us to trust in You. You are our only hope. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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