• Joni

The New Normal


I don't wanna

I just can't

take that

next step forward

because

that means

I have to face what I don't want to face

and

what I have to face

is a

new normal

that comes with

accepting

what is

and

leaving

what was

because

I have no choice.

Have you been there?

Are you there now?

Having to to take that one step forward

when you want to go backwards

because

what was

is also one step behind you

following you.

The

what was

could be the way that things were

that were good

that is your normal~

but then you get the news that shakes your normal

as it won't be normal again...

or

the

what was

could be things that weren't so good

that you just can't let go

yet

that keep plaguing you.

Going backwards

when you just want to throw the towel in

because it appears to be so much easier

than

stepping into the unknown

of

the new normal.

But either way

taking a

step backwards

is just that~

a step backwards

to

what was.

Do you have a "what was" that you just can't let go?

Do you have a "new normal" that you have no choice but to accept,

a new normal that you have to step into?

The

new normal

that is

one step away

because

what was normal

is no longer,

and you have to go forward

even though you don't want to.

So how do you

So how do I

take that next forward

when going backwards

is so much easier?

Put You into Paul's Story

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do:

Forgetting what is behind

and

straining toward what is ahead,

I press on toward

the goal

to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

"Forgetting what is behind"~

the old normal.

Forgetting

with

His Forgiveness

whether it is

forgiving yourself

or

forgiving another.

Straining Toward

Pressing Forward~

words that produce

sweat

because

it is

stepping forward

into

in the

new normal~

into the way it is going to be

as you have no control to change it.

Straining Toward

Pressing Forward

into the

new normal

with

Acceptance~

an

accepting of

the

new normal

as the

new normal

even if the

new normal

has come through a

trial

a loss

a revelation or

bad news~

the

new normal

that rocks your world.

But

the

new normal

that is

grounded

in

Hope~

not in a hope that it will change

because what if it never does?

But in

Hope

Who

never changes,

Jesus~

Who is Who

He says

He is

and

Who

does what

He says

He will do.

Straining Toward

Pressing Forward

in

Peace

that isn't based on everything going according to our plan

but a

Peace

in the midst

of the storm

of the emotions

of the shock

of the

new normal

that you can't do anything about,

But in

Peace

Who never changes,

Jesus~

Who is Who

He says He is

and

Who does what

He says He will do.

His

Peace

that transcends all understanding

because you can't produce it on your own.

It only takes

one step,

one step forward

that feels like a

Straining Toward

that feels like a

Pressing Forward

but

the one step

that is possible

when

our eyes

our heart

&

our mind

are

fixed off of

what was

or

what things could have been

if only

the

new normal

didn't come our way.

Taking that one step

with

our eyes

our heart

&

our mind

fixed on

Who is

Who was

Who always be.

Let's

take the hand of the

One

Who has gone before us

Who has

Strained Toward

Who has Press Forward

because of the

joy

awaiting Him,

He endured the cross,

disregarding its shame. Hebrews 12:2

for me

for you

He took the step

with

His Eyes

fixed

beyond the brutal cross

but on the

joy

of what

His One Step Foward

did~

saving all our lives

giving us a

NEW NORMAL

that will never be taken away

no matter

what

new normal

we are experiencing.

So

let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

Straining Toward

Pressing Forward

in Him

who wants to take us

down the road

paved with

Love

Peace

Hope

and

Joy

that never changes

because

that is

Who He is

and that is

Who we are

in

Him.


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