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Expectation vs. Expectancy

A sister in the Freedom in Christ discipleship class shared this and I thought to share it with you. In a book titled, What I Wish I Would Have Known, a chapter by Susie Larson gave definitions of two words that may sound somewhat similar, but vastly different in meaning. She writes….

“There is a big difference between expectation and expectancy. Expectation is premeditated disappointment whereas expectancy involves faith. To cling to your expectation is to decide ahead of time how things need to turn out for you to be okay. (This is how my life will look…)


To embrace expectancy is to engage your faith that God will move on your prayers and that he may come through in a way that’s different than you EXPECT. Expectancy always looks ahead and is not stuck in the past. Not, so with expectations.”

Now here is the really great thing—-it is your choice which you choose—expectations or expectancy. I don’t know about you, but I know that some of MY expectations have led to disappointment. …… It’s time for a change—Expectancy requires faith and that God will respond so that I keep moving toward the future He has planned for me. Now, that sounds like an adventure I want to be on. How about you?”

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

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