Adapting to A New Normal - Part I

March 29, 2020

 

 

Our current public health state is changing life as we see it. People have lost jobs, parents are now homeschooling (which they thought they would never do), grocery stores are running out of food items... the list goes on. Life in 2 weeks has totally changed causing people to examine their lives for what it is and how they want to move forward.

While some have faced this change in pure disbelief or panic, others are completely at peace and cool. The main difference is people that are flowing with the change vs being totally against it.

Whether we like it or not, this pandemic is causing us to refocus which begins with using Godly wisdom to restructure and regroup.


Ask Holy Spirit for Wisdom
The Lord is not surprised that Coronavirus has shaken the entire world. He’s not surprised that your kids, who were once out of the house for 8 hours per day, are now home. Or the fact that you are now working from home trying to stay productive while your child jumps off of the couch.

In these times we need to ask the Holy Spirit, “Lord, how do I navigate my life now that things have shifted?”

Asking and listening to the Lord for help will lift what seems like a burden.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not into your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Personal Story
Last Monday our children’s school sent school work via email to be completed. The Holy Spirit previously laid on my heart to begin homeschooling at some point in our lives. I just wasn’t sure when that was going to happen.

When schools extended Spring break instead of saying "Oh man what are we going to do for an additional 2 weeks?", I printed out their school work and started homeschooling to my best ability. I've given myself grace as we’ve adjusted (Hello recess!) and called in aunts and Gigi’s to help assist as we learn to flow.

 

Surprisingly, the shift has gone quite well! I am certain this is due to leaning on the Holy Spirit for guidance and actually adapting to a new normal and not fighting against it. Fighting shifts and changes only yield frustration, anxiety and feeling completely overwhelmed. The shifts being experienced by all could be the catalyst of answered prayers but one has to rely and be guided by the Lord to shift the correct way and to have the Lord's perspective in it.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

Tomorrow we will discuss what a new normal may look like and how we as the body of Christ can be an example to all.

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