Set Free From Expectations

Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something because of your circumstance? Have you ever allowed someone else’s expectations of your life penetrate your heart to the point of belief? Expectations: “a strong belief that something will happen, believing that something should be a certain way.”


A large portion of my life, I have lived burdened by expectation.  I’m an only child, a minority, from a small town, the only black woman in my family, and my mother had me at the age of 15. I was expected to not have access to certain opportunities in life, to not be able to be successful. However, was that God’s design for me?

Who created these expectations? You see, expectations are a form of power; a power that we have the ability to give the world to use against us. We can choose to give others control over how we move, how we embrace this life, and how we greet opportunity and see past boundaries. But did God design us to be controlled by the limited minds of others, or even ourselves for that matter?

We as young adult women must work toward not believing the lies that the world gives us to receive. But instead, work toward believing in God’s desire to give us what we desire for ourselves, a beautiful adventurous life.

Psalm 37:4  says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of YOUR heart.” This verse says your heart not others’ hearts. What do you want for yourself?

So how do we stop allowing the world’s expectations get inside our mind and heart? How do we stop handing over that power? It’s not easy but it can be done. It starts with reminding ourselves daily of what God’s expectation for our lives look like.

Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”   

God wants to be good to us, and He is always. But the most active thing we can do is wait expectantly for him, and that doesn’t mean sit. That means actively seeking Him out until He moves in our lives and directs us. It means blocking out the world’s opinions, not allowing your situation to hinder your aspirations, and truly believing that God has a plan for you beyond your wildest dreams!

God has an expectation for your life, and when you are ready to receive it you will have a breakthrough and it will be the result of what God has been working on for a very long time. Live by God’s expectations for your life and I promise they will exceed others’ and even yours!

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Hi! My name is Kesleah Hall, Kes for short. I am from a small town called White Pine, TN, but Nashville, TN has been my second home for almost four years now! I just graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Management and simultaneously landed a job at CAT Financial working in International Business.  My hobbies involve traveling, exchanging stories, collecting coffee mugs, and hiking every chance I get. The Lord has given me a passion for motivating and leading people in order to help them find what makes them shine! I love the Lord by trying to love and be intentional with His people every single day. I’m so excited to share what God is teaching me in my little corner of life with you through this blog!