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Grace in the Missed Expectations

Grace in the Missed Expectations


How easy is it to be wrapped around the errors of other people? The moments where expectations are missed. I think I fall into this so much. I get drained by looking into other people’s lives and hold them to a set of standards I have created. Don’t we do that? We create expectations for people without their consent. We don’t even tell them the expectation that we’ve created. And when they don’t meet those expectation we get bummed. We get frustrated. May I say we hold some judgment towards that person?

Let’s explore why we create expectations for others.

Personally, I deal with two reasons, probably more, why I create expectations for people. Maybe you’re like me.

One, I have ulterior motives. Expectations can seem like a small thing, especially for relationships and friendship. However, at their root we desire a certain outcome. Whether that is the amount of time we spend with someone, the deeds others have to do for us, etc.

And two, I have insecurity. Usually when I hold someone to expectations it’s because I’m not even meeting the expectation myself. So I look for the fault in the other. It is this manifest of anxiety that directs my focus off myself and onto other people – casting judgment.

But that is so wrong of us.

The Bible says: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all fall short - none of us can meet the expectation. Therefore, we are justified by his grace as a gift (3:24).

Did you catch that?

We missed the expectation so God presented us with a gift of grace!

There is so much to unpack from that simple truth. We as humans won’t meet expectations. We will fall short. The best gift we can give each other when we miss one another’s expectations is grace.

How do you apply this?

We are hurt when expectations are missed. Grace is always a choice. A decision to gift someone with something they don’t deserve shakes the world. When another person shakes our own world, make the conscious decision that grace will be our gift. It will then be in their hands to accept it or deny it. But really who can deny a gift like that?

Here is a challenge:

When your boyfriend/girlfriend messes up, gets swamped with homework and can no longer hang out… give them grace.

When you feel like you do all the chores in the house and your roommate does nothing… give them grace.

When your professor isn’t up to your standards in teaching… give them grace.

There is grace in the missed expectation.

Winter Conference 2016 Worship Band: Seventh Hour

Winter Conference 2016 Worship Band: Seventh Hour


We are proud to announce the H2O Winter Conference 2016 worship band: Seventh Hour! Seventh Hour began as a worship band nearly a decade ago and their goal has always been to be a catalyst that draws people to worship our Creator and Lord. At the heart of Seventh Hour is a passion to integrate their faith and engage others in modern, dynamic, and authentic worship. They currently lead worship weekly in Minnesota at a growing church plant in the Twin Cities metro and regularly at conferences and retreats within the state and throughout the nation.

Some of the H2O staff have had the great chance to serve alongside and get to know these guys; we can confidently say they have a huge heart for Jesus. We are honored to have these friends come and lead our community in worship this coming February! Before then, check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeomusic, and merch store! How cool would it be to already show up wearing one of their sick shirt designs like shown below?

Remember: February 6th-8th, 2015!

Winter Conference 2016 Location: Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center

Winter Conference 2016 Location: Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center


We are proud to announce the H2O Winter Conference 2016 location: Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center in Westboro, WI!

For fifty years, people have been discovering an incredible place tucked away in beautiful, north central Wisconsin. Thousands of young people, families, and singles of all ages have come to Camp Forest Springs to soak up the wonders of creation and be instructed in God's Word.

Camp Forest Springs' mission is to provide programs and facilities in a camping environment with a trained service-oriented staff who use the Word of God to help initiate faith and cultivate maturity in Jesus Christ.

There are a large variety of winter activities that you can enjoy at Camp Forest Springs. Click here for more details about the winter activities available!

  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Indoor Skating Rink
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Outdoor Skating Rink
  • Tubing
  • Rentals
    • The ski shop is equipped with top quality downhill and cross country ski rentals, as well as snowboards, snowshoe rentals, ice skates, and broomball equipment.

This is the second year H2O will be having the winter conference at Camp Forest Springs. We are so excited to be able to be at their facility again this upcoming February 5th-7th, 2016.

Winter Conference 2016 Speaker: Chad Ellenburg

Winter Conference 2016 Speaker: Chad Ellenburg


We are proud to announce the H2O Winter Conference 2016 speaker: Chad Ellenburg! Chad Ellenburg is a follower of Jesus, husband to Lisa and blessed Daddy of three crazy “Bams” – a.k.a. Maia, Caleb, and Abi. He is privileged to use his gifts in music, teaching, writing and the arts as Pastor of Worship Arts for Pleasant Valley Church in Winona, MN. He is also a gifted speaker and communicator, a filmmaker and screenwriter,  and a blogger (check out his blog here).

We are absolutely honored to have Chad come share his heart with our community at the 2016 H2O Winter Conference!




H2O is happy to announce our Winter Conference for 2016: UNSEEN.

Join us for a weekend to discover what a life of faith looks like!


Join us at the 2016 H2O Winter Conference to discover what a life of faith looks like. Here's our heart for this conference:

"That students would not settle for the present realities of their lives, the lives of the people around them, the state of the world, or the state of the church - that together we would dream and bring into existence what was previously unseen and thought to be impossible."

The conference will be held at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, WI.

February 5-7, 2016.

Click below to register.


Early Bird Price: $135

Regular Price: $155

*A non refundable downpayment of $40 is due during the specified dates to receive the listed payment structure. Final payment is due by February 2, 2015. If needed, we provide a extended payment schedule to break up the payments.

**Every friend who you invite and puts your name down as the person who invited them takes $5 off your registration fee.

***If you are in need of financial assistance, click here.

Click below to register.

Your registration includes:

  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Awesome Speaker
  • Awesome Band
  • Winter Activities
    • Indoor Broomball
    • Skiing/Snowboarding
    • Ice Skating
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Tubing

It's going to be an amazing weekend to connect with Jesus and other people in our H2O community!

Click below to register.


AWAKEN: A Prayer Experience // October 12-13, 2015

AWAKEN: A Prayer Experience // October 12-13, 2015


AWAKEN: A Prayer Experience // October 12 (10pm)-13 (3am), 2015

H2O is hosting a prayer lock-in, a prayer experience, a time for you to learn what it looks like to converse with God in prayer.

The night will include worship through song, teaching on prayer, times of ministry, and more.

You won't want to miss this. It will start on October 12th at 10pm (right after Breathe) and go until 3am (October 13th).

This will all happen at Pleasant Valley Church (1363 Homer Rd. Winona, MN 55987).

Village Groups

Village Groups


Village Groups are H2O's weekly small group gatherings. They are a great way to connect with other students and learn what it means to have a daily relationship with Jesus through living life together as a community of believers. Our vision is to see relationships formed between students engaging in scripture, prayer, discussion, and a life lived in community.

Email dora@pvwinona with any questions.

Click here to see when our Village Groups meet!

Breathe in the Park: August 24, 2015!

Breathe in the Park: August 24, 2015!


Once a year we gather together to worship God together at the Winona Bandshell located by Lake Lodge at the Big Lake.

4pm · Games like Ultimate Frisbee + more!

6pm · Free food!

8pm · Music!

Breathe is a large group gathering created to worship God through song, learn from God’s word, engage in prayer with God, and grow in community. All are welcome as they are – no need for clean, perfect lives or the appearance of such. These are real people worshipping a real God.

Starting August 31st, Breathe happens every Monday night (while Winona State University is in session – unless otherwise stated) at 7pm at Pleasant Valley Church (1363 Homer Rd. Winona, MN 55987). Join us!

H2O Block Party: August 21, 2015!

H2O Block Party: August 21, 2015!



H2O is throwing a Block Party on August 21, 2015 from 7-10pm!

Shuttles will be going back and forth from the Kryzsko Commons Bus Stop on the WSU Main Campus to Pleasant Valley Church from 6:30-10pm.

Tickets will be just $2 - invite your friends!

This is a great opportunity for you to find a loving and caring community!

Some of the highlighted events that we will have: Laser Tag and Bubble Soccer! Who wouldn't want to try these out?!


As with all H2O events, all are welcome as they are – no need for clean, perfect lives or the appearance of such. H2O is a real community centered around loving each other and loving God.

Recommended Reads: Live now!

Recommended Reads: Live now!


To continue to provide you with resources, H2O has launched our Recommended Reads. This is simply a page on our website dedicated to letting you know what reads we are loving. We hope you love them, too.

We will include books of many genres plus some articles/magazines/etc. we find that are useful and helpful.

What are you reading? Do you want to be featured on the H2O Recommended Reads page? Just tweet us: @h2ocollegemn.