He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

—Psalm 40:3

Fear of the unknown steals my joy. My out of control thoughts mimic fireworks on the Fourth of July. Waking from a restless sleep, I wonder what this next season holds. Before my eyes see the

dawning light, a prayer ignites...

“Lord, this is my new normal. I don't want to miss a moment of what you have planned. Thank you for the blessings of raising our children. As they embark on their new normals, protect them and draw them to Yourself. Help them love you with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength. May we all embrace this new normal with excitement and expectations as Your plans unfold. Amen.”

Silence fills every room. The absence of noise creates a sweet, quiet time with Jesus. Streams of requests pour from the depths of my soul. This tender communion deposits deeper trust in Him. Embracing this new normal creates a river of hope. In an instant, a hint of joy springs forth. But the ever-present fear of the unknown lingers throughout the day. My prayer hotline to the Father activates my surrendered heart. Again I cry out, “Oh Lord, please help me adjust to this new normal!”

As the day fades into evening, a thought kindles. The genre of soft jazz sets the stage for transforming our living room into a romantic ballroom. Looking at my husband, I ask him for a dance. Without a word he jumps to his feet and draws me to himself. His embrace captivates my heart like never before. All of a sudden, these words pour in—You are his and he is yours. You get to spend the rest of your life together! This is the beginning of your new normal. Tears well up. Heart pounds. Joy overflows!

My answered prayer came wrapped in the gift of a dance. I thank my Heavenly Father for this new normal. I praise Him for answering my prayers and showing me His fresh perspective.


If you are on the horizon of a new normal, ask the Lord to show you a glimpse of His plan. Don't miss a minute of this fresh season. His purposes far outweigh our expectations. And remember, fear of the unknown robs our joy and steals our peace. Enjoy the journey of your new normal.