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Today, let's focus on how we navigate expectations.

Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).  
 


 

First, pay attention to God. 


Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. 
  • As you breathe in, think, "I'm crucified to the world..." 
  • As you breathe out, think, "... and the world to me" (Galatians 6:14).

 

Second, ponder your inner world.


Process the following with Jesus:
  • What expectations (of others or my own) weigh heavy on my mind? 
  • How can I crucify myself to those expectations? 

 

Third, prepare to love others.


Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
  • Who have I weighed down with unrealistic expectations?
  • How can I communicate I am for and committed to them?

A closing prayer:

Jesus, I expect too much from you, others, and myself. 

I know this when unmet expectations sour my soul and disposition. I become a grumpy, moody, pouty victim. Forgive me for how I treat you and others. 

Show me your grace that exceeds my expectations and gives life, love, and joy. Do more than I can ask or imagine so that I might be the kind of person who overflows with generosity to others.   

Amen.

 

Peace be with you until next week,
Rusty McKie 
 


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If you're wondering, this is why I lead you to focus on your breath

If you missed last week’s article, check out Slow Down - You'll Choke.

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