Expect More! God’s Abundance Far Exceeds Our Expectations

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He expected coins. Just a few measly coins. He received something far greater. 


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A man lame from birth lay every day next to the temple gate Beautiful, begging for whatever he could get. One day, Peter and John passed the man, who asked for help. He expected a few coins.

Unwilling to let him remain in his misery, Peter does offer a gift, but it’s far more than the man expects. Instead of coins, Peter blesses him with sound legs and ankles through the healing power of Jesus Christ. 

Whoa, wait a minute! A man who has never walked before asks for money and instead receives the ability to not only walk, but run and jump? Yep, that’s what scripture says.

“So [the man] jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them—walking, leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:8).

Now that’s a gift! 

Abundance Beyond Our Expectations

But isn’t that just like our Lord?

We ask for the possible, and He delivers the impossible.

We beg for just the logical, and He provides the supernatural. 

God doesn’t give as we expect. He gives far more and in a profoundly different way than makes sense to us. 

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We read God’s promises. We say we believe them. Yet we repeatedly underestimate what that may look like in our daily lives. 

Part of that is because our minds cannot fully comprehend the depth and breadth of His love for us. And out of His abundant love comes abundant gifts, which means an abundant life. 

I’ve read and heard this passage in Acts read  many times, during a Sunday sermon, I made the connection that God’s abundance far exceeds our expectations. 

And that indeed is a glorious message that doesn’t change! 

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“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16

 Reflections: Is it difficult for you to expect big things from God? Why or why not? 

I’m excited to continue recording blessings this year. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3807–3827, read my entire list by clicking here.

  • *Picking up nightcrawlers with Hubby; *Helping a family who came to the door needing directions; *Now it’s time to sleep
  • Newborn kittens; Appreciating how Joey looks out for Rach, like helping her navigate hilly terrain–so sweet; Our first outdoor meal of the year
  • Family meals; My girl’s delight at seeing me come home; A friend’s unsolicited help
  • Roaming the woods with Joey and finding a raccoon den with mama and little ones; Magnolias–a favorite bloom; Watching the sun set with Rach on our deck swing
  • Beginning my office-nook rearranging; Spring breezes; Being still with my clan in the twilight as it deepens into nighttwilight-deepening-into-night
  • Nighttime rain drumming on the roof; Placing a tiny seed in spring dirt with the expectancy of the fruit to come; Half the garden planted
  • Sermon extolling the abundance of Christ; Yard-light reflections in the rain; Ripples from raindrops


By His Grace,



  1. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) on April 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Julie: Yes. God’s abundance is more than we can imagine. I have seen it happen; someone asks God for something significant only to them and God gives them something greater. Even if it’s the story of what He can do for someone in similar circumstances.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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