I’m starting a new series called the Friday Focus where I will spotlight another person’s story or a resource to encourage us all along life’s journey.

First up? Kimberley Woodhouse and the amazing story of her family’s journey to extreme joy. (By the way, I devoured her book in two days and will be sharing an author signing slot with her tomorrow morning on the north side of Denver. Check out ACFW Colorado for details if you’re in the area.)

Kim introduced her story with a look at the definition of normal. It’s a great place to start our own discussion because I don’t know anyone whose life qualifies as “normal.”

What is normal? The usual or expected. The standard. An average. Functioning in a natural way. Free from physical or emotional disorder. (Not that I’ve ever experienced it, but “normal” sounds kinda boring. And who wants to be average anyway?)

Kim’s family is far from average. Her daughter Kayla has an extremely rare medical disorder where she feels no pain, doesn’t sweat, and needs protective gear just to go outside. Oh, and she had another rare condition causing crippling headaches and requiring brain surgery. Her son Josh has asthma and battled vision problems.

So, Kim re-defined normal.

As she says, “It’s my life, and it’s my normal. God gave you the same thing, a perfectly normal-to-you life. Stop comparing it to the lives other people live or the life other people think you should live and move on with what you have been given.”

What about you? What does your “normal” look like? Have you been comparing it to the life you wish you had? Or are you embracing the journey?

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4 thoughts on “Friday Focus – What is normal?

  • December 4, 2009 at 7:05 am
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    >I'm guilty of comparing at times. You know, the grass is always greener over there, right? Not so, really, but we get sucked into thinking that sometimes.

    I do make an effort to be still in the moment and really experience my journey. Love it when I do that!

  • December 4, 2009 at 11:30 am
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    >I agree with you on this one. The message we give our inner self is so important. Encouragement is my passion, because I know it makes a difference for me! I believe if we could learn to say encouraging words to each other, we could change the world one person at a time.

    How to encourage
    http://howtoencourage.blogspot

  • December 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm
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    >I think it's more about attitude than circumstances.

    When my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, our normal changed. Did we want it to go back to our former normal? You bet we did, but we made the most of opportunities that came our way.

    To my way of thinking, whether I'm in a happy or not so happy place, it doesn't change who I am – a believer in Jesus Christ. He gives me grace to handle the situations of life and helps me to rise above the storm clouds.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

  • December 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm
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    >I dream and wish and visisualize a lot. But I also enjoy and live in the present. I don't want to miss it with too many worries about the next day, month or year.
    I've had to train myself to live as if "this is it," that nothing will change. That way, I can deal with things "as is" better. It's my "normal."
    But, of course, things do change, and surprises happen. I pray for good surprises and to be able to handle disappointments.

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