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

*note: these Before and After statements are coming from Before and After Jeff’s major incident which left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Before: Even when I felt close to God and I was spiritually healthy, I didn’t feel it was my duty or I was qualified to tell others about Jesus and what He had done for me. That was a job for ‘professional’ Christians.

After: Because of what God has done for me, I can’t help but tell people about Him. This is somewhat difficult with my speech difficulties, but I am finding a good outlet for this on my blog. I get better with my verbal skills and I am confident that if God wants this, He will make it happen. I know now that we are all powered by the same Spirit, so we all have the ability to share our faith in our own unique ways, and maybe not in the way we expected.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“When I Am Weak”-The Response Band

A Warning To All Christians Worldwide!

At the end of the most famous of His recorded sermons (spanning 2 chapters in Matthew), Jesus Christ says this concluding all that He has taught by comparing which house will survive-the one built on the rock or built on the sand:

Everyone, who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house on the rock. And the rains fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, because it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not keep them will be like a foolish man who builds his house upon the sand. And the rains fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (ESV)

This passage of Scripture has been used by many preachers, teachers, missionaries, and evangelists to convey to the sinful world that they better accept what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross, or they are doomed for hell. Yes, that is true. And there is no way of getting around it. If you don’t accept Jesus Christ you are forever lost or eternally dead.

However, take a look at what Jesus Christ said in John 15:1-6:

I am the true vine and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. (ESV)

It seems like Jesus Christ is saying you can have an initial moment of salvation (going from eternal death to eternal life). However, if you are truly saved, the Holy Spirit inside of you will cause you to act because so many others are spiritually dying.

The parable of sowing seeds is another prime example. Take Luke 8:4-8:

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town to town came to Him, He said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell on good soil, and it grew and yielded a hundredfold. As He said these things, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)

The house, the branch, and the seed stands for people (you and me). If we don’t build on the rock (Jesus Christ), eventually our house will fall, just like if you built it on the sand.

Similarly, Jesus Christ uses the grapevine to make His point. We all need to be grafted in; however, some branches (people) won’t take because the nature of the vine (Jesus Christ). Lastly, the farmer (sower) gets ready to sow his seed.

Let me explain. I picture the farmer with a wheelbarrow full of seeds going down some bumpy road. As a result, the some of the seeds get deposited on someone else’s footwear. Though careful, he can’t help but spill some of the seed with the bumpiness on the road. Most of the spilled seeds (anyone who does not have a firm position on where they stand with Jesus Christ) gets easily swayed and not being able to put down roots anywhere.

The same goes for the vine. You have to believe in what Jesus Christ did for you on the blood-soaked cross, and God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead, three days later. Yet that is only the first part. You got to act with boldness and tell others of the new spiritual life you have found. Correct? For the branch that withers, gets tossed into a pile, then ultimately gets burned is the so-called “Christian” who said a prayer to accept Jesus Christ when that person was younger than what they are right now and thinking they are good to go. Living a life like that, I would be shakin’ in my shoes.

Also, Jesus Christ said in Luke 9:23:

If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up your cross daily and follow Me. (ESV)

In a similar verse, 1 Peter 2:21 it says this:

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. (ESV)

Leaving A Warning To All Christians Worldwide!

“Cornerstone”-Hillsong Live

“On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand”-(unknown)

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

*note: these Before and After statements are coming from Before and After Jeff’s major incident which left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Before: I knew I was guilty of sin but was also confident that Jesus died for my sins. But my sin never grieved me because I knew many other people doing far worse things than me.

After: I started viewing my sin differently. My sin is beginning to grieve me. I don’t want to take advantage of God’s grace and love, and I am finding this much harder to do while in a constant relationship with my Savior.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Oh, My Soul”-Casting Crowns

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”-Chris Tomlin

“The Love Of God”-MercyMe

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

*note: these Before and After statements are coming from Before and After Jeff’s major incident which left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Before: I was following what Mark Batterson calls the ‘inverted gospel.’ I stated that I was following God but really invited Him to follow me. And if God was following me, then I had nothing to worry about.

After: I want to follow God wherever He leads despite my own wishes or preferences, even if that means being uncomfortable.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“From The Inside Out”-Hillsong Worship

Dog-Gone It!!!

Recently we were gone from our home to go see “Bloodroot,” a play by Liberty University female students that featured women acting out Appellation women from different time periods which was based in reality. The young women were terrific; they not only acted, but they researched and wrote all of “Bloodroot,” a beautiful weed that can survive in circumstances that anyone would think to be impossible. It took place over many centuries, and it was truly incredible.

In the meantime, we needed a place to store our dog for the weekend, so we asked a family to watch our dog. They agreed on the condition that we wouldn’t hold them responsible while they went just for some hours. We agreed. And we prepped them of all the behaviors they might see from the dog. Though no fault of their own, the moment we got the dog back, he was sick for a week having diarrhea.

To our full knowledge, the dog was going to be left alone for an extended period of time, for the dog is used to that so we had thought nothing about it. The home that the dog was staying over, he was familiar with. So, it came as a shock to some of the family to hear that he devoured two 5 pound bags of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (delicious cheddar-cheese crackers shaped into mini goldfish).

You would have figured out that the dog would have learned his lesson, and we thought for part of the miserable week for him and us we had a glimmer of hope because during that week we had to say a couple of times to eat the dog food. However, things won’t last down here on earth, and before long the dog was back to his old hungry self (which I think he has an eating disorder where his signal in his brain is broken).

On a much bigger level, can’t the same be said of us? We do something bad (like eating two 5 pound bags of yummy goldfish) but we can’t stop ourselves (or don’t want to). Let us take addiction to chocolate, for example. A little chocolate can have some health benefits, and that is true based on all the research. However, it can quickly become an addiction where you can’t live without it. Soon you will gain weight, not in the right areas and develop love handles, until one day you pass by a mirror. It completely horrifies you. Then you swear by everything that is in you not to eat chocolate again until it happens again-that little piece of chocolate. On and on it goes. Only One solution to this merry-go-round problem we have, and His name is Jesus Christ.

Yes, there is hope in Jesus Christ which has the power to save every individual out there (Acts 2:24-28). Dog-Gone-It!!! Don’t be like everyone out there succumbing to whatever sinful desires you have; rather instead choose to get off that merry-go-round with Jesus Christ leading the way.

“Merry-Go-Round”-Manafest

“Merry-Go-Round”-Manafest (a Doug Weier remix)

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.

“Committed”-Newsboys

“Commitment”-Sanctus Real

“Father, We Commit To You”-(unknown)

Why www.TrueLifeChristianity.com Exists?

What is http://www.TrueLifeChristianity.com 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 http://www.TrueLifeChristianity.com 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

“Homesick”-MercyMe

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