The Enemy of Expectations

The Enemy of Expectations

Expectations – love ‘em or hate ‘em? Yes, me, too. For twenty plus years, I’ve struggled with expecting positive reactions from people, only to be dissatisfied with the results. Maybe like me, you too expect to be treated a certain way or be given a specific amount of attention. As you might remember, we’ve been disappointed more than once. And we’ve also been hurt by others. They have not followed through the way we think they should. It helps to pull back to try to figure out why we feel this way.

During a recent quiet time, in a quiet whisper, God has gently spoken to me, “Sheryl, expect to receive from me, not people. People will always disappoint you. I never will. I Am everything you need.” Once my enemy, now my ally, my expectations help keep me focused. I am expecting and excitedly anticipating receiving from God, not people. I am learning to thank God for every disappointment – and when I choose this reaction, the disappointment becomes His reappointment.

No more looking back with regret, I am moving forward with resolve. I am letting go of expectations and that’s how I can increase my anticipation of receiving only God’s best. To do this I must embrace God’s love for me and believe He is committed to my growth and proud of me as His growing child. Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past, see, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

No more looking back with regret, I am moving forward with resolve.

I’ve learned to implement the three “B’s”

1.Be careful to stay focused on Him. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

2. Be confident in God’s power. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and fawning fear) but (he has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

3. Be certain – God is going to do something you least expect. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians5:17

Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Let’s push away from doubt, fear, procrastination and expectation as we release the past so we can embrace His plans. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV reminds us,

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Push away from doubt, fear, procrastination & expectation to embrace His plans.

Let’s pray, Father, thank you for helping me to anticipate receiving from you. Help me to share and show your love today as I can boldly face the future. In Jesus name, Amen

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries ( and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).


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