Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Before: I always believed that Jesus died for my sins and saved me from hell, but I didn’t really understand that I needed Him for strength to live for Him in this life.

After: The power of the cross and Jesus gives us the power to live for Him every day. We don’t have to wait until we die to see His power, although that is where we will see it unhindered and in full force. But through His power, we can bring a little heaven to earth right now, every day.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Heaven Everywhere”-Franchesca Battistelli

“Heaven On Earth”-David and Nicole Binion (no lyrics)

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Before: I counted on the fact that I always knew the right thing to do but never gave it much thought to actually doing it! I believed knowing was enough.

After: Knowing and not doing is the same as not knowing. Faith and knowledge without action is dead!”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

*James 2:17 “So faith, by itself without works, is dead” (NIV)

James 2:26 “For the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead” (NIV)

“Faith Works”-Kenisha Nichols

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Before: I would talk to and ask God for help, but only when I first tried to do it myself, sometimes multiple times. But I always had Jesus tucked away in my back pocket just in case I really needed Him.

After: Jesus is our first line of defense and offense. I can do nothing without Him.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Me Without You”-TobyMac

A True Thanksgiving All Year Round!!

What an appropriate picture since we here in the United States of America and up north in Canada celebrated Thanksgiving just a month ago. A picture that has the hope of excitement of family, friends, and food.

Sometimes, friends and family will take extensive vacations to travel around this holiday to mostly have someone, someones, something, or a variety of somethings ruin the perfect Thanksgiving for them, and then we repeat year after year. Yet, do we remember what this holiday was all about (at least in the American culture)? Way back then, back when the future Americans were still under the rule of the king of England, had a peace meal with the native Indians *not talking about people from India. But just a few centuries later, this peace meal where you are supposed to invite your perceived enemies has now become a place for family and friends and food.

I am feeling guilty as I even write this because I know how much the God in the heavens requires of me. Yet, His Son, Jesus Christ paid it all so I don’t have to feel guilty. However, I don’t know about you, but I am human with that sin of the original Adam still resonating within me. The battle still rages. Nevertheless, I am forgiven by God through the death and coming back to life of Jesus Christ (both physically and eternally).

Jesus Christ in His prayer recorded in John 17 made several statements that believers in Him wouldn’t have an easy life, but I take the words of Christ Himself in Matthew 5:10 which says,

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

Won’t you join me in becoming a citizen of heaven by accepting into your soul Jesus Christ who made the provision for us to go to God the Father in heaven? Why don’t you take a look with fresh eyes at theses verses, John 3:16-18.

God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God’s One and only Son. (NCV)

So, in fact, I invite you to give your life over to God through Jesus Christ, and you will have angels rejoicing over you as Jesus Christ says in Luke 15:10,

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (NIV)

Why don’t you join my family and I in waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ’s return, that way you can have A TRUE THANKSGIVING ALL YEAR ROUND!!

“Thanksgiving: God’s Family”-the Skit Guys

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Because of my trouble finding the right words to verbalize how I am feeling or what I am thinking, a complication of my traumatic brain injury, this has proven to be challenging. Despite that, I am committed to living this type of life.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.


“Commitment”-Sanctus Real

“Father, We Commit To You”-(unknown)

Why Exists?

What is all about? Jesus Christ gave people in this world a supreme chance to follow Him. But following Jesus can be hard sometimes if you are proclaiming His name. As Luke 9:23 says, “If people want to follow Me, they must give up the things that they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow Me” (NCV). This closely goes along with 1 Peter 2:21 which says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leading you an example, so that you may follow in His steps” (ESV).

So what is the conclusion? That we, Christians, that proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and are in the midst of struggling have one of several places on the internet to go to in order to find “Hope, Encouragement, and Inspiration through Jesus Christ.” Simply, that is what is all about. Won’t you visit before it is to late?

“Worn”-Tenth Avenue North

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Ten Things I Learned About The One True God After A Traumatic Brain Injury:

1. If I allow to, God can make me strong in my weakness. Life is short.

3. Actions speak louder than words.

4. I have learned the power of Jesus can have in my life and have come to realize I must /share it with others.

5. Treat others like people, not projects, and engage with people who are different from you.

6. I learned to stop asking the question ‘why me?’ and instead start asking the question ‘why not me?’

7. God gave me a story and I need to use it to help others.

8. I am not supposed to do life on my own.

9. Don’t judge where someone is, because you don’t know where they started.

10. It important to regularly check my list of priorities and make changes when needed.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Even If”-Kutless

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Idolatry is defined as ‘the worship of idols, ‘ which to me meant bowing down to some symbol or statue that represented a false god, and I’ve certainly never done that. … There is a second definition for idolatry, which is ‘extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.’ When I read that one, I became highly concerned.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Idols”-Jenna Anderson

“First”-Lauren Daigle

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“I grew up with the mindset that ‘being comfortable’ was the goal of life. I wanted to live a life with no worries. … I know that Jesus does not call us to live a life of comfort. But since I suffered my brain injury, I know that I have to take care of myself to be able to serve other people.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Even If”-MercyMe

“Evn If”-Kutless


Taking It To The Limit…

Early on, back when I was about 11-12 years of age, I decided I wanted to be one of the ones who would be “Taking It To The Limit.” In fact, my closest memory to that age was I decided to go roller skating. When I first began, I was a fumbling, falling down mess. But something inside me said you are going to master this as I went to “Spinning Wheels” every Saturday from 9-12 pm in Londonderry, NH.

Like every roller skating rink that is around America back in the mid-1980’s, “Spinning Wheels” had an oval polyurethane floor that made it easy to slip on with roller skates. The first few times I went, it was torture to keep myself upright. Before long, however, I was able to keep myself steady with a pair of boots with death wheels attached to them. Yes, it took months of fumbling around before I became steady on my feet, and it took me a few more months to begin to try and roller skate backwards. Yet, by the time I started roller skating backwards, I had enough experience in skating frontwards that I was willing to give backwards a shot. Pretty soon, I was doing nothing but backwards. I remember weaving in and out around people at the rink. I even started to lift my leg with the other one just skating along. Those were the days.

Yet, my new attitude only did not affect my roller skating abilities, but it now affected my spiritual life. I knew God wanted it all-to “Take It To The Limit” as it were, not just a half-hearted effort into whatever you are doing. So, I started looking for ways to share the gospel, then it happened, nearly 2 years later when I was 14.

Searching my memory, I landed on a specific instance in which it happened that it affected my spiritual life. It was in 9th grade. Less than ominous, but nevertheless grey clouds surrounded that September school day. It was right after school. The school had a make-shift basketball court, and I was shooting some hoops. Figuratively, the basketball came down like someone put cement in the ball instead of air in the ball. The feeling was an ominous. Ever trying to decipher what I went through, God knew how to grab my attention, just like He does you.

See, I was praying that God would use me for about a year before the incident at the school happened. During that year prior to the incident at the basketball court, I was an active listener to overseas missionaries, inner-city youth pastors and leaders, etc. So, I decided the youth was where God was going to send me. And God played along with that until shortly after my high school graduation and eighteenth birthday. During those playing along years that God allowed me to go through, I achieved multiple recognitions and awards for preaching 5-minute sermonettes that were directed at the youth. God was preparing me for what I had to face. I knew that I was going to a Christian college to become a youth pastor from the age of 14.

However, God had different plans for my life. Proverbs 20:24 says this,

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How can anyone understand their own way? (NIV)

Well, I was about to find out in a big way what the Lord Almighty had in store for me. Twenty-five days after my high school graduation and eighteen days after my eighteenth birthday (when you become an adult in the USA), I fell asleep at the wheel just working the night-shift as an unarmed security guard. I should have been dead but wasn’t. No, no, no the Lord had different plans for me. But had I known beforehand, I would have changed my actions before June 28, 1989.

See, that was the day I was overtired and driving (not something I encourage anyone to do) on the highway with absolutely beautiful granite ledges that they tore through in order to make the highway. I crashed into one of the granite ledges that surrounded the highway and instantly put me into a coma for one month with my whole right side paralyzed. That left me with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

One of the doctors assigned to my case said that rarely does anyone see a complete recovery from this type of injury. He said that I would be “lucky” if I progressed any further, but through prayers of much more than my family to the Almighty God I woke up out of the coma.

Although I was out of the coma, I still had a hard and long way to go. For Matthew 7:13-14 says,

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and hard that leads to life, and those that find it are few. (ESV)

Remember that prayer I prayed to my Daddy outside this world? The prayer that said I would do anything to proclaim His Word back when I was just 13-14 years of age? Yeah, that prayer. I almost protested to God, but thankfully I didn’t. Instead, I eventually accepted it nearly 3 weeks into my rehabilitation process, and thus began my process of physical and spiritual rehabilitation.

It has been almost 30 years since that almost fatal crash and thirty-six years since I prayed that original prayer of dedication of “Taking It To The Limit.” For 1 Peter 2:21 says this-

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you can follow in His steps. (ESV)

Now, that you have read this, I’m interested in your story of “Taking It To The Limit.” Please comment:

Found a couple of YouTube music video links:

“Take It To The Limit”-Whitecross (no lyrics)

“Go Hard (or Go Home)-Lecrae ft. Tendashi

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Based on the nature of my brain injury, my future prognosis is unpredictable. … My memory is one thing I am most nervous about, and I felt the need to write my entire story down in case one day I forget what happened.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“The Older I Get”-Alan Jackson

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

abnormal: deviating from what is normal or usual.

In regard to my Christian faith, I always made sure to stay as ‘normal’ as possible. I was careful to not stand out to much from the crowd. … My focus on maintaining normalcy led me to becoming lukewarm, which I have since discovered is something that Jesus despises (see Rev. 3:16). … Jesus desires us to become the opposite. “-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Soul On Fire”-Third Day

Explanation Of 1 Peter 2:21

For to this, you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 ESV

• This is a call to all Christians whoever should read this verse. Let us break it apart. “For to this you have been called“-this doesn’t mean just pastors, their wives, and children; it doesn’t mean just elders, deacons and their wives and children; it just doesn’t mean missionaries, their wives and children; it doesn’t mean the people who have a passion for Christ; no, it means every Christian throughout the world. ” because Christ also suffered for you,“-this is where this can get a bit tricky for believer that had just come into the faith by Jesus Christ or someone who is stagnant in their faith. Questions arise about how could God ‘suffer for you’ all across time. However, Hebrew 11:6 says ‘without faith, it is impossible to please God.’ “leaving you an example,“-this is where many (if not most American Christians) have a tough time since American Christians have a more easy time to pray for safety rather than boldness. “ so that you may follow in His steps.“-this is a tough one for even seasoned Christians that have walked in the faith for a number of years, but we must continue to walk in the faith shown by works (James 2:14-26).

“Walk With Me”-Jesus Culture ft. Kim Walker-Smith

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Please don’t get me wrong. There are times when my old heart tries to reappear and my old normal starts coming back. An old normal that was characterized by misplaced priorities, a lukewarm faith, pride disguising as humility, selfishness disguised as generosity, a half-hearted devotion to God’s commandments, and a misguided attempt at following Jesus. When I start going back to this, I soon figure out I don’t even want it anymore.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Lord, I Give You My Heart”-Hillsong Worship

“Dear Me”-Nichole Nordeman