Thursday, August 4, 2011

Living With Expectation...

An enthusiastic tug yanks the side of my dress. My daughter’s church-ready curls now fall from the weight of humidity. As we wait, a question sprays out from in between two missing teeth. With a slight yet endearing lisp she asks, “Mommy, who are we waiting for?” I reply, “A friend of mine, a very sweet lady.”

With twinkling light brown eyes she continues, “Do I know her?”

“No sweetie, but mama knows her.” I continue as more explanation is required. “Well, I’ve never actually met her but I know her.”

More questions speed race over her face. “You’ve never met her, but you like her?”

It’s as if time stood still for a moment.

I lift my hand to shade my eyes from a sudden burst of sunlight peeking through the clouds. God interrupts my thoughts. He paints the canvas of my heart with these words,

“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls,” (1 Peter 1:8-9, NLT).

I am so amazed.

The week before I entered the throne room of grace with one simple request. I prayed, “God, help me to see you more clearly this week. God, help me to hear from you daily. God, please inscribe your truth across my heart so that I can know you more today.

Isn’t it amazing when we live with the expectation of seeing God, we will absolutely notice his Holy movement in the midst of the mundane?

I saw God that day waiting in the Michaels Craft Store parking lot. It doesn’t get more “mundane” than that!

Thank you, sweet Debbie, for visiting us in little ol’ Reno last Sunday. You truly blessed me (and my girls) with your sweet spirit and graciousness.Visit Miss Debbie at


This post was written in response to Bonnie Gray's Thursday Jam.


  1. Oh my goodness - you are so precious! What a beautiful post, and believe me, the blessings were all mine (and my daughter's). It was SO great to finally meet part of the Mothers on Mission Team and to thank you for being such a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration for so many over the years. May God continue to bless your ministry and your beautiful families! I love you guys - thank you for being so sweet :)

  2. I touched on this today myself -- LOVING Him though we have never seen Him in the natural.

    I'm glad you were able to meet another blogger.

    Bless you!

  3. I find it amazing that we're able to make such wonderful connections with people through these blogs Kelli, and it's even better when you get the chance to meet face-to-face! Such a Blessing!


    Have a Blessed Day!

  4. Kelli, this post makes me want to plan a trip to Reno. ;) Love that God visibly answered your prayer. We have never seen Him, yet we love Him. Much like our friendship. Many blessings, Kelli!

  5. What a sweet story and a great analogy to not seeing God in the flesh but expecting to see him anyway.

  6. How incredible that you were able to meet a bloggy friend!!! That would be so awesome. :)

    Though we do not physically see God's face, we know Him and love Him. I love your analogy!

  7. Yes! I love this "Isn’t it amazing when we live with the expectation of seeing God, we will absolutely notice his Holy movement in the midst of the mundane?" So very true.

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for sharing this today! Living in expectantly can change everything your whole world view! Love it!

  9. What a blessing to have that visit. I honestly don't think we live with enough expectation. And, because we don't, we often over look the blessings God sends our way.

  10. I'm still SO jealous, but so very happy that you and Debbie got to spend a few precious moments together :) Love the way you applied this!