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Expecting The Unexpected

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My husband and I will be celebrating our 6th Christmas…with kids. As much as we may attempt planning out our month of activities, the unexpected must be expected. Something will go wrong and most definitely right at the moment that mommy desperately needs events go oh just right. 

That’s why I’ve embraced the idea of simply expecting the unexpected. Because, God is right in the center of the unexpected. The unplanned. The uncertain. 

A few years ago, Christmas fell on a Sunday. I was incredibly weak due to the intense chemo treatment. My legs shook violently with each step I dared to take. The floor was cold. I was cold. This was the only Christmas to date that I had not planned for and simply allowed events and needs to fall where they did. 

Something incredible happened when I let go of my control over my family’s Christmas. You see, Christmas still came. 

The tree was beautifully decorated by daddy and the boys. In front of the tree sat gifts, most purchased from family and friends. Each gift had a name that belonged to one of our boys. Here I sat and watched as all of us eagerly awaited the revealing of the gift contents. Although I had no energy, my eyes widened as my boys jumped around with excitement. Play dough. A small, handheld motorcycle. Thomas The Train. A red wagon brought over just days earlier from a friend. 

As we sat moments later in the debris of wrapping paper, it felt so incredibly humbling seeing Christmas occur moment by moment without any effort done by me.

I wasn’t ready, but Christmas came anyway. 

I had nothing to offer, but Christmas could care less.

Yet, after church and eating with a few friends, I was sure glad Christmas found me in this completely humbling place. 

A place where all I could do is expect the unexpected. When you cannot prepare, you lose the ability to really expect anything. You simply live in the moment, breathing in the presence of God with each conversation, with each tear of wrapping paper, with each smile and with the gleam of every Christmas light. 

Since that Christmas, I’ve never been able to plan every moment out again. Yes, we have our traditions (which I’ll be sharing about this month!) but there is a great need to allow God to completely takeover our attempt at His Son’s birthday. For most of the world missed the King’s coming, because they were not expecting the unexpected. They were looking for a king, born in a holy place…a palace but not a stable. God speaks through our unplanned and humbled moments dear friends. I challenge you to take time right now to quiet your heart and really take a closer look at your Christmas calendar. 

Leave room for the unexpected and expect God to humble you this Christmas

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About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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16 comments
Barbara says December 1, 2014

Oh to be able to do this easily, Bethany! You left me with tears; your words going straight to my heart and soul. Yes, when we “Leave room for the unexpected and expect God to humble (us) this Christmas”, we do find Him where he has been all along. I can’t say “I’ve been there” just where you were on that Christmas Sunday; but have had many Christmases when I just didn’t “feel” it…I planned for it; but didn’t have “the Christmas feeling. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing; I pray I can be open to His unexpected treasures!!

    Bethany says December 1, 2014

    Your words touched me too dear friend! I enjoy just sharing my crazy experiences…I’m still amazed at how God uses our stories to impact others. Trusting Him!

Barbara says December 1, 2014

not sure why this posted twice!!! Maybe my words needed to be said twice to get to me?!

Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says December 1, 2014

I love this post, Bethany! What a wonderful reminder at Christmastime, but also for every other day of the year. Sometimes we need to learn to embrace letting go just a little and watch God in the midst of our circumstances. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Bethany says December 1, 2014

    Thanks Heather! Good connecting with you!

Jennie Goutet says December 1, 2014

Bethany, this is so touching. It makes me feel humbled just to read it.

susan says December 1, 2014

I love “God speaks through our unplanned and humbled moments dear friends.” So true and exactly what I needed to hear.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Thanks Susan…and it’s so true isn’t it?

Colleen Mitchell says December 1, 2014

Oh, Bethany, I love this! I am trying to embrace a balance of being more intentional about maintaining our traditions even from the mission field this year and yet not getting to attached to MY agenda. I am going to take “expect the unexpected” as my mantra for achieving that balance. Last year, one child had an emergency appendectomy the third week of Advent. I could handle a little less excitement this year.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Colleen – Whew momma! I hope you do have a little less excitement this year! So scary! Thanks for sharing friend!

Tracie says December 2, 2014

This is my prayer for this year…to leave room for God to bring the unexpected into my life. It is the best thing that could happen.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Completely agree Tracie! Well said!

Judy Gerlach says December 3, 2014

There’s a very good lesson to be learned from your post, Bethany. I know that sometimes I need to allow that lesson to sink into my thick skull! I admire how easily you adapt to “expecting the unexpected” and just “breathe in the presence of God.” What a wonderful way for you to experience what God can do for you on His Son’s birthday – and He can do it without your help! I pray I never forget this in my own experiences. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Love how God teaches us things without our effort! Thanks Judy! Love your visits friend! It means so much to me!

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