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I had the privilege to share at two MOPS groups last month and pour into 140 moms at our Real Mom Conference. Enjoying time with these young moms continues to spur me on to finish my writing project, Mama, You Be The Difference—a Bible study for moms by moms. I love the MOPS theme this year...We Go Together. Their theme is based on Luke 5:18-19. The story of the paralytic man carried on a mat by his friends to see Jesus and because they couldn't go through the front door, they went to the top of the roof and let him down through the thatched roof, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Luke 5:26 goes on to say, "Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.” I was asked to share on, Expect Good Things. Yes, we know all good things come from the Father above (James 1:17), but as I studied this portion of scripture there were many things I saw in these wonderful friends that were key to expecting good things: 1. Community is key to encouragement and support. 2. They were faithful. Yes, God blesses faithfulness. 3. They were resilient. Nothing was going to stop them from helping their friend. 4. They went to the Source. They went right to Jesus with their situation. 5. They were awestruck. If we are to expect good things from God, we too, must live faithful and committed lives to Jesus; have a resilient attitude, and continually seek Jesus with all our hearts. Whether you see or feel it, keep praying and expecting good things because God is longing to be gracious and good to you! For this reason the Lord is ready to show you mercy; he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. Indeed, the Lord is a just God; all who wait for him in faith will be blessed (Isaiah 30:18) However, God isn’t going to wave a blessing wand over you. God makes us pure by an act of His sovereign grace, but we still have something that we must carefully watch—our spiritual vision depends on our character—it is “the pure in heart who sees God” (Matthew 5:8) Jesus said in Matthew 6:22, "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light" Oh, I want to be that person that has clear eyes, a pure heart, and a deep desire to see the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). Keep watch for the movement of God in your life. Guard your heart. And as you seek Him with your whole being, He will let you find Him. When you find Him, there’s blessing to be discovered through your obedience and you truly can expect to see the goodness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations ]forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20