Tuesday, May 13, 2014

3 things about "normal"

Are you normal?

Have you ever exclaimed, "That's not normal!"

What does that even mean? This morning, I'm proposing 3 things about "normal."

1. We often say "normal" when we mean "expected." Our ideas of what will (or should) happen may determine what we think is normal. Others may have other expectations, so their "normal" may be different than ours.

What do you think of when you see this cup? Does it seem normal to you? Is being a good (mom/ dad/ friend/ doctor/ teacher/ worker/ helper) enough?

Mothers Day gift from my daughter, as a reminder of my
own mother's encouragement when I felt overwhelmed:
"You are a good mom."
2. It's sometimes more fun to do the unexpected than the normal. I'm not having a normal breakfast, but ohhhh, does it taste good.

Lamb gravy on spinach and gnocci: it's what's
for breakfast this morning. Yum.

3. Children seem to have more fun before they learn what is normal - or expected. Some of us might be happier if we were more childlike in embracing the "non-normal"s sometimes.

Granddaughter K loves her duck
towel and feels beautiful in it
Where is God asking you to expand your "normal" to be more creative and free in His wild and wonderful world?

Read more:
*May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. Psalm 115:14 NIV

*See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1 ESV

Moravian Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have built your church's foundation on a rock. Although doors close and steeples fall, we your people shall always stand strong upon the rock of your church. Amen.

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