Cycle 3 (Wk 2): A NEW NORMAL

Ten days ago I surrendered control and it appears that since that time things have gotten a bit uncontrollable.

Case in point, a couple of months ago the motherboard on my computer crashed. To compensate for that lost I started using my husband’s computer. This past Saturday his power cord stopped working. No computer?! With a blog to write, emails to answer, and social media updates to make this was not the time.

This past Friday, for our first Weekly Wrap-up Call I was on the rode traveling to Virginia Beach for a speaking engagement. For both Cycles 1 and 2 I have been nicely positioned at my dining room table for every call, but this time I was at a rest stop. No dining room table? This was not the time.

But then I started to wonder, what is this all about; this is all so abnormal. Then it came to me, God is preparing me for my NEW normal. He’s teaching me to be flexible and to “go with the flow” because more will be required of me. And believe you me, this training period is necessary! For a girl who likes normalcy and expectedness all this spontaneity can be overwhelming.

But overwhelmed I will not be. So I am learning to be flexible and to change the way I approach each new situation. In other words, I am renewing my mind until it catches up with my new reality. And for at least a while, I may not be able to predict what is to come, and that is okay. Knowing that God is in control is enough for me.

I am in transition and I refuse to get in the way of my elevation; my new heights in Him. Therefore, if throwing normal out the door is part of this process then so I be it. God is building my house therefore I am taking my hands out of it.

Let me ask you. Are you allowing God build your house? In what ways do you need to change in order to give God full reign of your life?

Stay tuned as we continue to explore the theme: Who’s building your house? “Unless the Lord builds the house, he labors in vain who builds it” (Psalm 127:1).

Remember, in your new normal things aren’t going to go the way you expect. God may even do things in an unorthodox fashion. But don’t fret or worry, just move knowing that God’s grace will sustain you through any and every situation. And when you do, what you thought was abnormal will easily become your new normal as you operate in His normal.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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10 thoughts on “Cycle 3 (Wk 2): A NEW NORMAL

  1. Mimi

    Amen! God will certainly put you in an ABNORMAL situation to see what His child will do. I am a witness to that. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells) in December of 2011. Talk about stopping you DEAD in your tracks!!! I was. But thanks to Almighty God I’m still here! Praise His name. I had to adjust to a NEW NORMAL.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement.

    Blessings to you, Amelia

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9(NIV)

    • Amen Amelia! I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I pray that you are encouraged continually on your journey. I am amazed at your spirit that shines through even in what you wrote to us. I can tell that you are being carried by God through this tough time!!! Keep us posted on your progress. God is a healer. Be blessed!

  2. TrueheartSpeaks

    What a confirmation this is for me. Although I’m not doing the fast this time I still follow your blogs and they have been on point for me. I am for sure in the transition of a new normal. God is definitely getting my attention on a number of things. My new normal started when I had Dallas last September. My life has never been the same. Lol! Well actually if I had been paying attention it started when I was laid off in 2009 but I was too caught up in my circumstance to really pay attention. What I know for sure is that God is definitely up to something and he is definitely rebuilding my house. Thank you for this confirmation!

    • You are welcome Detra! God has a way of flipping the script, but it all works for our good. Also, we miss not having you with us this Cycle but I hear great things are happening for you (i.e., family prayer conference call). Keep up the good work!

      • YES He does have a way of just changing our plans and inserting His. I am in a good place. God definitely has me where he wants me and I think I am at that place where I am really able to start seeing some of the patterns I missed when I was trying to build ‘my own house.’ Yes great things are happening. We will have to touch base and catch up very soon since you are doing such awesome things. I see you starting to get busy with travelling :). I miss you all too and I had thought about jumping in a late (and still may) but then I didn’t. But the more I read this posts, I think I need to be doing this. lol

  3. Tamika

    Celeste, Thank your for sharing your encouraging words. I was hit with a lot of obstacles in the past few months, death, fasle accusations so and so forth. But I am thanking God for my new normal and being able to remain safe in his arms, knowing that Ulimately he will work it out. 🙂

  4. Tamika

    Hello Celeste, I am sending a prayer request. Please pray for my sister Marquita Dixon she has kidney stones and has been rushed into emergency surgury the morning in a Atlanta,Ga. Thank You

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