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In this second of two messages on expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships, we will look at these five steps to establishing realistic expectations in our marriage relationships: communicate clearly, recognize limits, expect good outcomes, realize emotions filter our words, and ask questions.
When we expect something, we wait, look forward to, and consider something probable, reasonable, or obligatory. When our expectations aren’t met, we then experience disappointment. All this can lead to strong mental reactions toward an object or, in the case of our marriage relationships, a person. In this first of two messages on expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships, we will see how apathy about our expectations, disappointments and emotions in our marriages can blind us from seeing ourselves, our spouses, our families realistically. We will also learn how Godly knowledge frees us to think clearly and how discernment prompts us to act courageously when addressing expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships.
[The first few minutes of this message is missing from this recording]. Beginning with the flaws of Harold Camping's predictions of the end of the world to Naomi's struggle to understand her suffering, Pastor Simmons addresses what we do when life hits us with grief and disappointment.
Doubt often becomes a means of withholding belief (trust) by turning legitimate questions of truth into strenuous demands and thereby masking unresolved relational hurts and resentments.
Joseph's thoughts about the pending nuptials and birth of Jesus. What went through his mind? What did this require of Joseph? Have you ever been inconvenienced in such a way?
How do we continue to hold out hope when we are forgotten? How do we cope and survive when it seems like God Himself has put our life on hold. How do we find happiness and contentment when we are far below our mountaintops? We feel like we are made for more, for something special and important. But what if we are not?
How did Moses handle the disappointment of not being allowed to go into the Promised Land? How did he literally come out singing God's praises and affirming God's goodness? This message looks at that issue as well as the calls to courage and strength that God gave to Joshua and the Israelites and HOW we can build that for the challenges that face us.
Life is hard, troubles come. In fact, that's actually promised in Scripture. But God also promises that through His love, hope does not disappoint. The question is, are you fully convinced that God is able to do what he has promised?