The New Normal

Welcome to a busy life.  Ever get the feeling you keep going and going and can’t find that happy medium of normalcy? It seems to me that this life is never normal.  You know what? This must be one of the number one myths! If I could just loose 2 more pounds I’de be happier! If I could just be less tired I could _____. If I could have more free time I would be happy! If I could just have a more de-cluttered space I could think better. If only I had a little more time for prayer and soaking in the word. OH! When will my life get back to normal?

🙂 You know what?  It won’t. Unless…I strive to better my circumstances little by little. BUT the “normalcy” isn’t one free from troubles and difficulties. There is the weak component of my human experience that requires a little toughening up by practice. Only after death, if I have lived my life righteously striving after God’s way and not my own can I hope to reach the perfection of heaven.  We’ve grown up in an age of Prince Charming comes marching in to save the day and meets the gorgeous Princess who now lives happily ever after. But happiness isn’t like that.  Yes it grows but like anything it takes a little work.

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Happiness is an effect of good choices and decisions but here is the key. The CHOICE needs to be MADE and LIVED…not just once but constantly.  God does not delight in death he desires to give me new life and light and place a new spirit with-in me but I have to choose it or I get just stuck in my own little insecurities and woes not taking the step needed that would bring me freedom. God has the big picture and I get so stuck in the little things.

So block your time to DO the things that would make life more _______ if I did ________.

See I Make All Things New

Do not be afraid because I am here to make all things new.

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How peaceful and consoling these words are. But they can’t take effect until we step in faith toward this hope.  We may not know why certain events happened in our life nor necessarily their purpose but we need to trust that the reason is held in God’s hands.

Mistakes in life? Keep choosing the wrong thing?  Be at peace. You need to trust with every fall you are learning to get up stronger and you know a little more than the last time. But I will never know what could have happened if I chose ______. No, but you can have a pretty good guess of what will happen now if your feet are in the right direction.

The details may not make sense now but in time they will. God is forth-right and doesn’t use clever and well thought out signs. He does give them but they are direct…simple.

The enemy brings:

1) Confusion 2) Fear 3) Unrest 4) Paralyzed Complacence

So what does God bring?

1) Lasting Peace 2) Silence 3) Joy 4)Hope

Just a note, God can use unrest and desolation to make us turn back to him if our feet are on the wrong path and the enemy can also use false peace. PRAY, WAIT WATCH for fruits. We are not going to know the voice overnight. Patience.

What if I know this is oppression of the enemy? Reject it in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of his most precious blood. Old patterns take time to heal but God is faithful and He will deliver you.

 

I will cleanse you from all your idols and place a new heart within you. Taking your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will bring you back from foreign lands and among foreign peoples. Careful to observe my decrees.

Let it Go

Following the Lord isn’t always easy.

What? I thought that once you said yes to him everything went smoothly and just became hunky dory.

No.

Tell me then Miss Smarty, why is there difficulty in the walk of faith? God is a God of Love. He desires a oneness and a unity. He desires to give me happiness and strength and joy. Bliss.

Hmmm. Why? No one can say. I don’t know why. But I do know that what is Love unless we show it? How perhaps is the better question. God does desire to give you DEEP joy. But like anything, can it just happen?

God is just so powerful. He can do anything he chooses. Of course in learning something like music or writing or photography or what have you it takes practice. Why wouldn’t it? God is different though.

How so?

Well He just is. He directs everything. Orchestrates and things fall into place.

I see. I don’t think I like the sound of that God.

Huh?

Sounds like that god is a bit harsh and uncaring.

No! That’s not true. I know I am infinitely loved by Him.

But how deeply? Is He one to just wave his benevolent hand like some magic fairy-godfather in the sky and all my troubles are away? Some fairy Prince who sweeps me off my feet and lives happily ever after? No. That is not the case at all. He is all powerful and he does orchestrate things. I would like to purpose that He makes an offering.  Do you think that he chooses just for the sake of pointing us in a direction? Here you go. Do this and you shall live. Otherwise, burn in hell. That would be taking away the choice in the matter would it not?

Whoa did you just say that?

Yes. Do you see what I am saying? That sounds a bit harsh. How could a God of deep love and magnitude just leave us proverbially hanging? Or should I say just give us the most amazing gift on a silver platter and just expect us to understand how to use it?

Well…ah. I am an adult. I should know by now and i’m still struggling!! Why then all this hardship?

Why? I don’t know why. But I do know He allows suffering to strengthen my love for Him.

That sounds harsh to me! How could this loving Father that cares honestly allow this? I must have done something wrong.

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Yes, my dear, I make mistakes to. I can’t get it perfect the first time, can I? Doesn’t love take practice too? Think of one of your close friends. Can we just love and appreciate them right away? No. A full appreciation takes time. We learn how they do things. How their voice fluctuates in emotion. Wether it is teasing or serious. I am not implying He is not in control. He is. But it is we who choose to hold our imperfection and heartache like an “incurable wound.”

Oh my! I think I see what you are saying. But how can I get rid of this angst? I can be so horrible!

 Yes you can but so horrible that God can’t help you? Jeremiah 18:1-6. Soft clay in the potter’s hand that didn’t quite work right so he tries again. Doesn’t it make sense that God would want us to receive the good pleasure he has for us? Sin exists. Yes he says, “Repent you back-sliders!” But that language is for ones that aren’t listening and arrogantly follow their own way. It us who condemn ourselves.  Okay sorry! That is kinda a tangent. To answer your question more directly, Jeremiah  15…If you repent so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand. If you bring forth the precious without the vile.

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Let it go. Let it go let the waves and wind and sky….here I stand. Try to let go of the bitterness and fear. Forgive yourself and think of the good and the true and the beautiful that God so abundantly pours upon you in every situation. The past is just that. It doesn’t need to hold sway over you.  Whatever is good, whatever is beautiful whatever is true, think about these things.