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Adventurously Expectant

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

Romans 8:15 MSG

Could I risk it all? What would happen if I dipped my toe in the water? Or if I jumped into the deep end? Safe feels nice. Safe feels safe. There are no expectations here. No risk. Just status quo.

But I’ve been given permission for more. And really not just permission. My ticket has been paid to experience life abundant, not just life okay. A payment that was bought with the cross, but not only the cross. Purchased when Jesus stepped down from Heaven and humbled Himself as an infant. To submission to His creation. All so I could live.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus were not only so I would live forever in Heaven with Him. This gift is so I can live victoriously on this earth. But all I want is safe.

Safe will never write the book or start the business. Safe keeps me from amazing relationships. Safe is really a prison of glass.

I’m shattering glass today.

This afternoon, I will walk into an office for an interview and be the best version of me. Will I be the right fit for the job? I’m not sure. But I’m stepping out of my safe place and allowing a panel to probe me. Because maybe, just maybe this is where God needs me to be. It’s time to toss this grave-tending life and walk into the adventurously expectant and ask, “What’s next, Papa?”


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4 thoughts on “Adventurously Expectant”

  1. Will you be starting creative journaling class again in the fall when lifeway ends their classes? ( please) : ) Sheila Manuel

  2. Oh, prayers for you, Tonya! I hope you shattered that glass into abillion pieces!

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