Finding a New Normal in Our Circumstanes

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Japan has been rocked with earthquakes and a devastating tsunami. Aftershocks continue and the threat of nuclear radiation widens. Life will never be the same for some. Our prayers continue for the Japanese people as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

Illness and health issues shake our world. Any snippets of energy, strength, and pain-free moments are relished. Much like the aftershocks of an earthquake, chronic illness too has a fallout.

I have friends who have been termed chronic, inoperable, and even given a time-frame for their demise. Everyone around them is affected. The clock ticks and every ache and pain causes worry and concern. Has the cancer returned? Has the blood disease progressed? How much time do I have?

Everything changes. Nothing is the same. What happened to normal?

I’ve decided life is about accepting the new normal. Not looking back at what might have been, or what was lost, but looking forward. This verse made me stop and think, “. . .to accept your lot in life- that indeed is a gift from God. People who do this rarely look with sorrow on the past, for God has given them reasons for joy.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20).

God is a God of new creations and fresh hope. I can contemplate who I was, the energy and strength I had, or remember that God promises to give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong.*

We can look forward knowing that weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.* I rest knowing in the new normal, God grants His strength and joy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to look to You. Not look back at what was lost, but keep my eyes focused on You – the giver of Joy.

*(Isaiah 40:29, 1 Corinthians 1:27, Psalm 30:5)

About the Author:
Lisa Buffaloe is a madly in love with God, Christ-follower, happily-married, mom, writer/blogger/speaker. God has helped her through molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape, divorce, cancer, death, seven surgeries, and years of chronic illness due to Lyme Disease. For more information, please visit

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11 thoughts on “Finding a New Normal in Our Circumstanes

  1. Darling Lisa,

    Praying for you, dearest heart. You are such a wonderful encourager to all. I’m sorry for every ache and pain you must endure. May the Lord strengthen you in your weakest times.

    Love and Hugs…

  2. You are a trooper, Lisa! How you can smile, after all you have endured for Christ and His direction for your life, is the miracle of miracles. I, too, have had a rocky road, but the Lord at least let’s time heal all the hurts of past tragedies and lost loved ones. As Kahil Gabrain said, “Grief hollows out the cup that love will fill.”

    I am with you on the chronic pain page because I have FMS and CFS. It took years and years to properly diagnose these malfunctions in my body’s ability to interpret pain signals and its ability to find restorative sleep. I’m still searching for a cure for FMS/CFS myself through diet, exercise, and getting to bed earlier instead of dreading and delaying bedtime.

  3. Amen to the “New Normal”
    One thing Illness can’t take away is the beautiful memories of our
    younger years, and the promise of the Father. One glad day all
    the tears and pain shall be taken away and we’ll be dancing in
    the streets of Glory!

  4. Enjoyed the entire article, but this line popped out at me, “He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” He even uses our weakness, and through our weakness He may touch other lives. Prayers for you and yours. Prayers for all. My road has been full of pot holes, too, and I’ve lost far too many loved ones, some at such a tender, young age, but I have the joy God has given me in knowing that we’ll be reunited, and they’re in heaven. Blessings, BJ *

    • BJ, isn’t that a wonderful promise that God will grant us His strength for each day, and then we will all be together happy and whole for eternity. Oh what a wonderful blessing!

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