EXPECTATION – Five-Minute Fridays


This could have been a different post if my hand had reached into the mailbox and found a key for a package.

I put expectation, today’s word from The Gypsy Mama, right down in my list with control. I am learning, however slowly, to release control … especially when I know I can’t do anything.

This week I expected a shipment of books to arrive at least by today. Checked my mailbox a couple of minutes ago – no books. I am attending a conference – a writer’s conference – next week. I hoped to show some samples of a book I have produced; find a publisher and go from there. I have until Tuesday to get these books delivered. Not sure what will happen.

Learning – learning to let God have the problem. There is NOTHING I can do about it.

I have made the promotion materials; made some give-a-ways; made plans.

Knowing that it doesn’t matter – that God has His own plan,  that helps me to survive my “expectation” gone awry.

But to whomever reads this – I will be telling you all about it – when the books arrive. Or should I say “whenever” the books arrive.

What Christ has taught me – don’t get upset about things you cannot change. Move in one direction and if you get caught off guard, move in another direction. Remain calm through all things.

“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 The Message).

Remaining unshakeable – keenly aware of Jesus watching over everything and God working behind the scenes, in all we do.

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays. I am linking to the Gypsy Mama’sFive Minute Fridays. Today’s word is EXPECTATION.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat-out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? {—> click to tweet}.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on: EXPECTATION



  1. Yes!

    Learning to let God take care of the problem … even if the timing isn’t what we would have chosen …

    Let’s pray and hope those books come in a flash!

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