Musings on…. A New Kind of Normal

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quotes from this book, A New Kind of Normal By Carol Kent:

A New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down

In a very personal way I identify with Mary’s need to release control of her grown son. I live every day waiting for a miracle of mercy that may never come in this lifetime. The waiting is hard. Painful. Crushing to the spirit. It smashes hope for a better future. It’s ugly. resistant to laughter. Unforgiving. It’s an invisible tattoo on my forehead that reads: MOTHER OF A MURDERER. I am living in a new kind of normal.

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Life isn’t like a book. Life isn’t logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And Theology must be lived in the midst of that mess. ~ Charles Colson

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The anguish and sorrow I felt at that time were incomprehensible. I honestly believed God had finally answered my prayers and rewarded my mother heart with a son who had changed his ways. But that was not the way this true story was playing out. Why did God let this happen?

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Revealing our weaknesses helps others feel connected to us. Fully understanding and unconditionally loving us shabby humans. Jesus shows up best in our weakness. He shines brightly through the cracks in our flawed armor. ~Brenda Waggoner

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For most of us, making the choice to release our control over our spouse, child, friend, job, or longed-for dream feels like someone is prying our fingers open one by one and exposing our defenseless hearts.

{Visualize fingers being pried apart holding a heart}

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Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me. ~ Archibald Hart

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I think choosing to remain faithful in the face of deeply disappointing and hurtful circumstances is the most important choice we can make. ~Janet [friend of author]

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19-21I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

22-24God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

Lamentations 4

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Gene and I discovered that being honest with people about our son’s crime, conviction, and sentencing was much easier that hoping people didn’t know and living with “an elephant in the room”

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These are just some of the quotes that hit me when I sat down and read this entire book tonight.

It’s a story of a mother those son shot and killed the father of his 2 step-daughters and is serving a life sentence.

She writes about living a new kind of normal.

Good, good book, I recommend it highly.

 

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