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?