Here are some random realizations that have come to me lately:
1. When crying out for breakthrough, I tend to expect that breakthrough will always happen suddenly or at least very quickly. Sometimes breakthrough is actually more like a climb up a gradual hill. I'm not at the top of my breakthrough hill yet, but rather than my breakthrough coming at a quick pace, I am realizing more and more that I am making it up the hill at a slow pace and will reach the top over time rather than in one fell swoop.
3. When circumstances are all wrong in life, I often think that the answer to things getting better is simply that my circumstances need to change. While an improvement in circumstances is always welcome, if I believe that this is the only answer, I am missing out on a greater work the the Lord wants to do in my heart separate from the circumstances. Circumstances always arise to reveal the truth of what is happening in my heart. If I work only towards improving my circumstances and overlook the greater work of my heart, I am missing an opportunity for the Lord to do a deeper work inside me.