What a week it has been and yes it’s still not over. As we continue to build our momentum of “Becoming”, always focused on moving forward and upward, let’s go within and review the week that we Gracefully acknowledge, accept and are living expectantly.
It all began on Monday, when it looked like progress would be stalled but wasn’t as circumstances changed quickly and sooner than expected.
C’est la Vie, our chilling experience was a living example of this journey we are sharing. Life is less about what happens to you, and more centered upon how you choose to respond to it.
Remaining level headed, thoughtful and approaching the concerning scenario from a place of love, allowed us to encounter others who understood treating others and doing business with an attitude of compassion, dignity and respect for those in need. It was soon after we quickly could trust that our concerns would be mitigated, any doubts we considered were assuaged, and soon the obstacles, threats and diversions were removed from our paths.
A great reminder of how “Becoming” can be measured and assured in our daily living.
Suddenly one moment it can seem like disaster. Then quickly this too shall pass and hasten our restoration along our paths of “Becoming”.
So how do we build our momentum? Directed as always forward and upward we focus on clarity and an understanding that through right thoughts and disciplined action our needs are met and many times even surpassed.
By remaining calm, at rest, peaceful, in a balanced state and doing so with an open, kind, loving heart result in a gentile spirit. That is receptive to learning, growing, changing and most of all leading the way to who or what we are ”Becoming Today”.
So keeping all of that in mind, let’s begin this week by exploring a couple of words that are critical to our acceptance of our new journeys.
Important to our conversation because it can all change and usually does so Quickly. For either the good or the negative, depending upon our choices, decisions and actions, or lack thereof. Quickly circumstances are conquered by our Faith. Quickly we are rewarded for our Trust. Quickly we are delivered with Grace and Forgiveness.
So how quick is quickly?
Within a short time from now. Example, “If we don’t take action soon, we’re going to miss out”.upcoming,
Maybe even… now! It doesn’t get any sooner, more quickly than that.
It really can happen quickly and when you are expecting something, especially change, growth opportunities or a new attitude, outlook or state of mind it really can occur sooner than you’ve ever imagined. You must remain open to the possibilities, accepting of the change and work your A.B.B.s – “Always Be Becoming”.
Still not fast enough for you? How about NOW?
Living expectantly it can all occur that swiftly; hastened by dedication and commitment, expedited by grace and with acceptance.
In an earlier post we’ve shared a conversation about what it means to “Live Expectantly” Today we’ll focus a little more on those words. Most simply it is living in a continual state of expectancy.
The act or state of looking forward to some occurrence; example ‘that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise”
The state of being expected occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual
An example of expectation is a belief that you should behave in a proper or fitting manner.
In terms of “Becoming” it can also affect our momentum as in ‘A looking forward to; anticipation’. It is also, ‘a reason for looking forward to something; prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity.That which is expected or looked for.’
Living expectantly is trusting in faith, obedience and patience that we can be all we’ve ever want to be “Becoming”
So living expectantly how quick, how soon can it be realized? How about now.
Now is used in the following ways:
as an adverb: We’d better leave now to get there on time.Now, what shall we do next?
as a conjunction, often with ‘that’: Now that I’m married, I don’t go out in the evenings so much.
Other examples include, at the present time,: “Until now, we’ve had very mild weather this winter’.
Synonyms and related words:
at the moment
at this juncture
for the moment
Happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediately
without further ado
soon as possible
at the earliest/first opportunity
any day/moment etc now
in the short run/term
in no time (at all)
In fact probably quicker than you could read the list and definitely sooner than it took me to compile it.
Living expectantly, being expectant of things that can happen quickly, soon, now. It is all part of our shared path. How exactly do they fit together?
Time and time again, I gave testimony to things working out at the very moment I needed it the most. More often than not, circumstances have improved, beyond what I had limited myself to expecting, or at times even hoping for.
After a while I could no longer be in denial of it. Despite a battle of impatience, if I continue in faith and trust, at the very least my needs, hopes and dreams are delivered – often exceeded beyond what I had prayed for.
That is why I operate in a different timezone than the map may have me limited to. Gone are my restricted windows of CST, my clocks are set to G.S.T. – God’s Standard Time.
It builds character, develops stamina and promises deliverance. For all and in all things. Everything is possible. The key is to trust. Trust God and trust his timing.
Does that mean everything happens when I want it to, or think it should?
Sure I experience delays, Argue with myself over whether or not I’m being too patient, but time and time again I have come to know that when I do I’m just adding to the length of time it will take to “find” what I was searching for.
Do not let naysayers or well intentioned, but less “Becoming” individuals in your circles dissuade you. Do not deny the Truth, by listening to their fears or lack of understanding. Do not allow their emotional responses to rule your heart, mind and soul.
God’s providing for us, when we need it most has always been as you can read in Genesis 21:1. God did exactly as He said he would, just when He promised he would.
Trust God’s Timing.
Then God will fulfill the dreams, desires and promises He put within you.
Access those memories.
Remember them fully.
Release your understanding upon our actions.
Then you are “Becoming” the real, true, authentic you. All you were intended to be.
What then? Keep doing it. What” Being you.
Live it and Gracefully Accept, there is still so much more for you to be “Becoming”…
How do you do that? Well first you acknowledge it. See why I entitled today’s topic Gracefully Acknowledge?
Acknowledge receipt of this wonderful gift from God.
Grace is quite easily understood and yet wonderfully perfect in his complexity; defined in our purposes as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”.
The simplest definition I have ever embraced on this topic is “God’s unmerited favor”.
Sounds wonderful, and when you have received God’s gift of Grace in your life, believe me as I testify, it feels even better.
Pastor Rick Warren also notes, “The Bible gives an easy, three-word answer for how you receive the grace of God: by trusting Christ”.
Easy right? Powerful? Abundantly and amazingly so.
So how do you receive the grace of God? Accept it. Acknowledge it. LIve it.
In the Scriptures we learn (Ephesians 2:8) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.
So to be Grace-filled , filled with Grace, Graceful or full of Grace just say yes; then count your blessings, live your life in salvation and discern your path to “Alway Be Becoming”.
Release your understanding upon your actions. Live it and Gracefully Acknowledge. Accept grace, joy and wisdom. Give thanks for it with a grateful heart. What then? Keep doing it. What? Being you.
Then you are “Becoming” the real, true, authentic you. All you were intended to be.
Still have questions, concerns, doubt or worries. Well come Monday we’ll be discussing how you can cast your cares away and where they truly belong.
Until then I pray you have a safe and blessed weekend. Enjoy a little musical interlude now and quickly we’ll meet again here on the path of “Becoming Today”.