As a mother, daughter, and friend I often hear myself being the encourager. When my son says, “Mom, I can’t tie my shoe”, I assure him that he can if he just tries again. When my mom calls me and tells me about her day at work and she’s frustrated about a co-worker, I just tell her to be strong and try not to let it bother her. When a friend is at a low point and they feel like God is not on their side and they say things like, “A black cloud must be over me,” I comfort them by encouraging them to be patient and try speaking good things about themselves and their life. I’m optimistic, even when it’s not realistic to be. I was once told to try expecting greatness.
There are a few principles that I have been told in the past to help me change me. True to popular belief, we are our own worst enemy. First, I had to learn to talk more about the God I serve more than I talk about the enemy that attacks me. See, the devil is getting too much air time. When something bad happens we talk about that awful devil way too much. We must recognize who we are and who we belong to.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. (Psalms 91:1-4 NLT)
So instead of complaining about you know who, just speak life. Praise God for His goodness. As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (NLT)
Secondly, don’t put up with anything or anybody that’s not fruitful. How can we expect great things when negative people or things are in our way?
The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. The Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again.” (Mark 11:12-14 NLT)
So I surround myself with fruitful, positive people. If someone isn’t adding to my life in some way, they are taking from me.
Last but not least, when we are expecting we must remain obedient to God’s word.
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:
Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Our children and your crops will be blessed; the offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28:1-6 NLT)
I will expect greatness as I continue fighting the good fight!
You are more than enough for me, and I thank You for placing expectancy in my heart. I am Your child and You said that I am an heir of Your glory. I thank You for the anointing that is on me. Because of Your word I will speak greatness over my life continuously and expect favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to live life expecting great things to happen. Wake up in the morning and say, “Today is going to be a great day” and believe it. Say what will be before it ever happens. In the natural world there are 4 seasons winter, spring, summer and fall. As a Christian there are 5 season’s winter, spring, summer, fall and due season. May you experience your due season, and God’s will be done in your life. Greatness is all over you.
Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.” She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry. Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service. She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden. Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation. Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”