Friday, June 8, 2012


Linking up today with Five Minute Friday where you write for 5 minutes about the word for today and then publish without editing or perfecting.

Today's word:


So oppressive,
expectations can be.
"I'm not good enough."
"I'll never live up to his expectations."
"I'm a failure."
"No one likes me."

Wanting to please,
a true people pleaser I am
but the more people I try to please
the more trapped I feel.

But the one who made me
who created me in his perfect image
is the only one
who I serve.

His expectations are the ones that matter
as I live out his plan, his purpose for me.

Now that doesn't mean that I never do for others
or that I never do my best.

But that yucky feeling of never being good enough
is gently falling away
layer by layer
as I learn and remember over and over again
that I'm already enough
that I'm already amazing
that I'm already loved
that I'm already chosen
that I'm already whole.

And so day by day,
I lay those expectations that hurt me, that harm me, that cause so much pain
I lay them aside
Some days I forget
but he is there to remind me, to hold me, to love me
so that I make his expectations of me the ones that truly matter.


Heart on the Beach

What about you? What do you have to say about expectation in 5 minutes? If you link up, let me know. I'd love to read your post.

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  1. Beautiful... So glad we serve a God who doesn't expect more than we can give!

  2. I needed to hear this. Thank you!

  3. Lovely worded, honest thoughts... I like it very much! A much different approach than mine, it is so nice to read other peoples persective! Thanks :-)

  4. "But that yucky feeling of never being good enough"

    You chose THE perfect word!!! YUCKY. It is the word that encompasses the burden of people pleasing and trying to meet others' expectations of us. I liked the poetic style in which this was written.
    I did link up with 5 Minute today so hop on over and visit :0). AH! The weekend is upon us!


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