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Day 24: 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

&

what I have to face

is a

New Normal

that comes with

Accepting

What Is

&

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?

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

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

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?

"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,

but not in a "hope that it will change",

because what if it never does?

But in a

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.

Peace

in the midst of the storm

of the emotions

of the shock

of the

New Normal

that you can't do anything about,

Peace In

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 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 will be.

So Let's

Fast

from

What Was

and

take the hand of the

One

Who has gone before us~

The One

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

one step

with

His Eyes

fixed

beyond the brutal cross,

fixed on the

Joy

of what

His One Step Forward

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

Weightless Log

1st Pound: Self

2nd Pound: Complaining and Blame

3rd Pound: Chaos

4th Pound: _____________

5th Pound : Judgement

6th Pound: Distractions

7th Pound: Jealousy

8th Pound: DIS

9th Pound: Procrastination

10th Pound: Fear

11th Pound: Temporary

12th Pound: Frustration

13th Pound: Anxiety

14th Pound: I Don't Wanna

15th Pound: Forsaken

16th Pound: Control

17th Pound: Meaningless

18th Pound: Unimaginable

19th Pound: Despair

20th Pound: Knowing

21st Pound: Trees

22nd Pound: Thinking Less of Self

23rd Pound: Our Clothes

24th Pound: What Was


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