Great Expectations

Philippians 1:19-20

New International Version (NIV)

19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death.

A precious friend shared with me this verse today along with the word history of “eager expectation”.  Very timely indeed, when I think of January being a new year, and fasting for 21 days.

Great Expectations


Philippians 1:19-20………I eagerly expect and hope

  • Eager Expectation
  • properly, thinking forward (literally with head out-stretched), referring to eager, intense expectation.
  • portrayed as an Olympic runner straining forward to the end-goal with “head outstretched” (Ro 8:19)! This automatically also means turning away from what is lesser, to lay hold of the greater.
    • [The prefix, “575 /apó (‘from’), implies abstraction, the attention turned from other objects” (WS, 709), suggesting “abstraction and absorption” (Lightfoot). “This abstraction – from anything else that might engage the attention – is also absorbed in the expected object “till the fulfillment is realized” (H. Alford).]

That certainly is a lot of information to digest, but I loved the visual of our heads outstretched and turning away from what is lesser, to lay hold of the greater!

Eager expectation…

A future and a hope…

Fulfillment realized…

Are you searching for a newness of Spirit despite your circumstances? A change?

Lamentations tells us the Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him!

Later today I received an email from a professor after asking where our classes would be held.  I kept it business like; he chose to encourage!

“Hope all goes even better than you expect!!”

Yes, the professor had two exclamation points after the sentence! What if we sincerely desired this for those we lead, work with, take care of?  What if we had an attitude of GREAT EXPECTATIONS!

I pray this for you.  Many of my friends, including readers of Arrested by Grace, are seeking newness, changes, moving, and desire change for health reasons.

God is our Hope!  Run the race leaning in with head outstretched!  God is willing and able to do more than you can imagine!  It may require changes so be willing to move, shift, stand up, use your voice, CHANGE…..

Change = Growth

I wrote this post a few days ago, but received a post from a blog I follow called Leadership Freak that connects well with this post:

If you want more information on why pain is good and the importance of CHANGE please read this blog post:  The Ten principles of Pain.  The picture below is from the blog post.  Have you ever snapped a thorn off from a stem?  It’s rather easy when you are determined, purposeful, and motivated.  I’m amazed at how often we ignore or put up with things that need our focus and purposeful attention.  You may get a prick and experience more pain in the change, but growth will come.  It’s worth it.

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