Sunday, April 8, 2007

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! I have been blogging off and on on myspace for a few months and have really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and ideas the Lord has shown me about different things that I have encountered in my life. Over the last several weeks I have been feeling that He wanted me to do something more, to share in a greater capacity. I'm still praying about specifics and all that He wants for my life. However, I have felt that starting a blog was a good starting point. So here it is.

I decided on the name Expectant Hope because that is a phrase that kind of came to me during a situation towards the end of last year where I was seeking God's guidance about a life changing decision. As I sought His will in the matter, several verses came to mind about asking Him for what we need and what we want, about being "carefree in the care of God" (Matthew 6, The Message), about hoping for what we cannot see. I used to be the person who never believed that good things could happen for fear they would not and I would be disappointed. But as these verses came to mind I realized that it was OK to hope, to dream that those things would come to be. And thus the phrase "expectant hope" was born in me. It's about a hope that expects God to do what He said He would do. Not a brash, arrogant expecting. But a hopeful, trusting, confident expecting. After all Jesus Himself said to believe that we have what we ask for and it will be given to us (Mark 11:24, NIV). It's not a hope that expects God to be at our beck and call or do what we want when we want it. Rather, it is a hope that expects God to answer in His time, in His way and with His answer. A hope that expects the best God has for us.

As I post new blogs I have no idea what direction they will take or what topics I will cover - most will be from my perspective, the perspective of a single woman trying to navigate the path He has for me. A woman who falls many times and who is not anywhere near where I know the Father wants me to be. But a woman who is seeking His will and trusting in Him to give me the desires of my heart.

My prayer is that the Lord will somehow use this forum as a way to share that expectant hope with you who read it. That you will not see the words as what I write or as my thoughts. But that you will hopefully hear the Father's words and feel His love. I'm not saying I'm the best writer or that I have all the answers or even that what I have to say is always perfect or important. It will be far from it. You may agree or disagree. But I hope that it will cause you to think and to seek the Father in a deeper way than you have before. And I hope that it will cause an Expectant Hope to arise within you about what only a loving God can do in your life.

Please feel free to share any comments.


Ruthie said...

Yea! Thanks for letting me in on this. You are indeed a lovely person - all around, and I'm so proud to have you as my friend.
Happy blogging! :)

Jennifer said...

Hey "Ree" ! I always enjoy reading your blogs. I seem to always get online and check them when I REALLY need it!!!! It's amazing! Keep on blogging!!!
Love ya!