Lemonade by the Gallon

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There isn’t much time

My kids are 15, 13, and 10.  Just a couple of weeks ago, they were 6, 4, and 1.  Time has gone by so fast!  There is no time to waste!

I have been talking a lot about health issues, to the point where I’m pretty sure the people around me are tired of hearing about it.  But this is a part of my life.  Unfortunately, my oldest child is mostly grown and I have been struggling with anxiety, depression, and discouragement due to (unbeknownst to me until recently) food issues for most of his life. He probably thinks it will never get any better than this.  I myself wonder if it ever will!  There is hope, though.  God keeps waking me up in the morning and nudging me to keep going, just in case today is the day that all of this trouble is made worth it.

And yet I worry.  I worry that my frequent lack of energy and ambition will cause my sons to lack vision, enthusiasm, and motivation for their own futures, their own callings from God on their lives.  I also worry that I am stuck in a rut that saps the life out of everyone around me, especially my family.  That is why I appreciate Sally Clarkson’s blog.  Something she said yesterday refreshed my soul and made me want to throw open the windows and doors, fill the mop bucket with hot soapy water, and mop the gloom off everything.  Speaking about her daughter, Sarah, whose birthday was yesterday:

She has not had an easy life–as a matter of fact, there were so many obstacles in her life so many years in a row, that I once said to the Lord, “If you don’t start being nice to her, she isn’t going to keep believing in you!”

And yet, God knew what He was doing. He was deepening her soul so that it could be reflective of His light and life and beauty.

God knows what He’s doing!  He gave my children the mother he thought best for them. Wonder of wonders!  I am best for my children!

Thank You, God, for the reminder that You are in control!!  Please give me everything I need to plod on through this most recent series of challenges, and to do it in a way that breathes life into this family and points them to life’s greatest adventure – walking with and serving You wholeheartedly, before another moment passes.  In the precious and holy name of Jesus I pray, Amen.



I’m just making it up because it’s trendy.

‘Half of Britons suffer headaches due to food intolerance’

It’s a pretty decent article.  I felt slightly defensive and irritable when I read about the professional opinions and the comments, though.

Yes, I am making this up as I go so that I can lose weight.  I’ve also discovered  that I’m profoundly ungrateful.

It aggravates me when people act like something couldn’t possibly exist because they never heard about it before. It’s all pretend because they didn’t hear about it when they were children.  When they were children, out digging in the dirt, making mud pies, riding their bikes, running around the neighborhood, they never heard of food intolerance, therefore, it does not exist.

Ohhkaaay.   I never heard of a certain celebrity with a potty mouth  who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman, so obviously he did not exist until recently. It’s all about me.

Let me tell you something, People Who Never Heard Of Food Intolerance.  My grandmother had food allergies as a child, and  Celiac Disease was discovered in the 1800’s, so if you didn’t hear about gluten sensitivity until now, consider yourself blessed for not having to deal with it while people had yet to discover what was causing the symptoms and what would bring relief.

I believe in God’s hand of providence.  I believe God places in situations so that we can bring glory to Him.  In our church, there are at least 7 families who deal with life altering dietary restrictions.  There are multiple people in some of the families.  Actually, those are just the families where gluten is a factor, and the number of people affected to people in the total church population is much higher than the national stat.   We live in a fallen world, and stuff is broken.  The grains are not what they used to be, and our bodies don’t work right. God knew we would need support, so He placed us together “for such a time as this”.  I have no doubt about this.

Yesterday, I talked to a friend who is new to eliminating gluten.  She was very discouraged because she had seen an improvement, and then, for no apparent reason, she seemed to be back to square one with her symptoms.  I clued her in to a couple of important changes she’d need to make to avoid gluten totally, and she hadn’t heard them before – eliminate ordinary oats and nonstick surfaces in favor of cert. gluten free oats and stainless steel to avoid cross contact/contamination.  We’ve got to stick together to get better!

I can assure anyone who wonders about this that having a food sensitivity is not a “trend”, it is a very real condition.  People are recognizing this, making changes, and feeling better since their bodies aren’t constantly reacting to things.

That’s enough rambling for now.  Heidi needs to go outside and I need to go finish the last few dishes.