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Dealing with a New Physical Normal
By Abi Gordon

For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.
I have learned the secret of living in every situation,
whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Don’t base your hope and joy on your circumstances or acceptance of others, but rather root them in Jesus and His promises. If you try to glean hope and joy from circumstances and acceptance, then you may experience much disappointment and heart ache.

It is guaranteed that some people will drift away from you when they see that you are different. They will forget to look beyond the physical differences to see your true self and heart that made them come to love you in the first place. I’ve experienced this loss of friends and it is painful to endure.

However, there will be those that remain in your life no matter what occurs, and their love will be such that they will adapt alongside you in your new normal. They will be happy to journey through life with you through thick and thin. These friends and family are treasures.

Our circumstances will always shift and break your dreams if you cling to them too tightly. It is wonderful and necessary to make dreams and plans, but hold them loosely. Know that God will guide your steps for what He knows is best for your life as He works to fulfill His plan and make all things work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Set your mind on the things of eternal nature, the promises that never fade, and most importantly, on Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

(Written with permission from the blog of Abi Gordon)
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On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky