Monday, January 6, 2014

My New Normal {Circles of Faith}



With my husband now gone for at least 10 months, I keep saying it is time for me to find my new normal. Life without him is different. How could it be anything but different?

Well then I go and pick up a book by Jennie Allen called Anything. It's a book I've wanted to read for quite some time. I love how God knows when the time is right.

So as I search for my new normal and wonder what it will look like, I eventually get to these words from Jennie,

“What if heaven and God and forever became our normal?”

What if?

To read more join me over at Circles of Faith today.

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  1. I'm heading over to Circles of Faith to find out more...

    Blessings, Joan

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  2. (Read your post, and am leaving my comment here.)

    Beth, how my heart understood your words and emotions in this post. For one thing, God has also given me the word JOY as my Word for 2014. And truthfully, I am struggling with it, because it doesn't come naturally to me. And, I am afraid that God might give me bad situations so that I am forced to rise above them with joy. (See? *Glass-half-empty* girl, indeed!)

    But, I want Him to be my everything, my "above all else," and I am seeking His heart, and asking that more and more my heart might be conformed and transformed to His.

    GOD BLESS!

    (Posted today about my word, "JOY" - hop on over for a visit if you get the chance!)

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    1. Sharon, I'm so delighted that we will take this journey of finding JOY this year together. I so appreciate your honesty in your comments. They are touching my heart as I can relate to the struggle. Praying for us both.
      Much love,
      Beth

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  3. I loved Jennie Allen's book, Anything. Heading over to read your post at Circles of Faith.

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  4. Beth, this is just right for me. I want to make Him the center and my All. I find that I am a process and making Him my all is also a process...not easy either, I am sorry to say. But my desire is steadfast and I am holding the Lord's hands so I will get there as long as I do not let go. Thanks for your good words today, here and over at Circles of Faith.
    I continue to hold you and your family in my prayers.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    Stay warm, my friend.

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    1. Hello, Linda. As always, thank you for your kind comment. No, it is not easy, but pursuing Him is so worth it. I'm so grateful for your continued prayers.
      Much love to you,
      Beth

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  5. I've read this book and it really is convicting. I've had to ask myself the same questions -- what if I lost everything? Would I still trust Him? It's so important to sit with these thoughts because I think He shows us how we can answer YES to trust and faith and belief.

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    1. I continue to sit with these thoughts, Jen. I know He is showing me the way but there is so much that tries to distract us. I continue to pray for my trust in Him to remain strong.
      Thank you for all your love these past couple week. I'm grateful for you.

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  6. Oh what if Beth? What if heaven and God and forever became our "new" normal! How wonderful would that be! Oh teach us Lord to find our normal in "You" and STAY there! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and may your 2014 be blessed!!

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    1. Oh thank you sweet, Michell. It is so nice to hear from you. I will be popping over to say hello soon. I hope your Christmas was wonderful too.
      Many blessings,
      Beth

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  7. The "new" normal - what a beautiful picture! The best part is, that IS the true picture. I am so with you, friend. I have envisioned the 2 uniformed officers showing up at my door so many times. I have envisioned life here alone. And on and on. The truth is that we are never alone - the truth is heaven and God. Prayers for you and your soldier. I just love your heart and you <3

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    1. Love you, girl. You bless me so. I pray one day we have the opportunity to meet. Until then, sending hugs your way.

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  8. Joy is my word for 2014, too. I like the wonderings that you present here, wondering if we could praise Him even if all was gone. I have pondered this, too, in my life. Yet, I think it is okay to desire good and not trial while we wrestle with what is making us content -- our circumstances or God. Thanks for sharing. I found you through Jen's SDG link-up.

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    1. I just love sharing my word with others. I will be headed over soon to say hello.
      Blessings,
      Beth

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  9. I pray your husband comes home safely. I also wonder how my faith will hold up when I lose everything?

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  10. Convicting and powerful post. Thanks so much, girl. You make me think (and that's a good thing, I promise.)

    Press on!

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