Mother’s Day Reflections

Last Sunday, my husband and I taught the Junior and Senior High Sunday School class. We attend a small church and know all the kids personally in the class. It was a timely lesson with graduation approaching as we discussed the gifts and works God is doing in us and through us.

One of the questions in the guide that I asked the kids was this…who do you think should finish the work that God has started in you?

Silence as they thought. Then, one girl responded, “We should.”

As we talked through it, we reflected and worked through that answer to that question. God gifts us with abilities, talents, gifts….but honestly as I continue to learn, He simply requires our heart, willingness, and obedience. I remember a saying from a sermon I heard years ago… God doesn’t need our abilitites. He needs our availability.

On this Mother’s Day, this is my prayer for my children…that they understand, that they trust, that they believe that with God all things truly are possible if we only trust and step out in faith and obedience.

God will finish the good work He has started in us.

And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

A great way for me to hold onto the faith that God is working in me and through me is by journaling. When circumstances fall apart and life seems to be crazy, recalling His work in my life keeps me grounded.

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I know my children are watching me. They are observing my reactions to the unexpected events in life that have the potential to throw my life way off target. In these moments, I know it is more important than ever to cling to my faith. To trust. To obey. To hold on tight.

Because He will finish the good work He has started. He’s a good, good Father.

 

 

 

 

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Food Issues From a Child’s Perspective

Children are often listening and observing when you least expect it. They take in things, make their own conclusions and opinions about things surrounding them at home, church, school…and sometimes they say or do things that simply surprise you.

And sometimes, they do things that simply make you smile as a parent. Like when much younger brother and teenage sister are actually having a conversation together and not arguing. Or, on Christmas morning, when you open a gift out of your stocking from your 11 year-old son to find this:

642A mini Lego person. Now, my son loves Legos as many boys his age do. I had been talking with him about making Christmas gifts instead of buying them and had suggested he make gifts from Legos. But, when I first looked at this little Lego lady, I wasn’t quite sure what I was supposed to think. Then, he announced: “It’s a mini you! See the brown ponytail? And the banana and fish?”

And then, I had to smile. Yep, that’s me. Brown ponytail (always once I’m home from work). Bananas…my absolute favorite food. Fish…yep, love it even though it’s not a favorite with the rest of my clan.

Could it be that simple? Can it be that simple? I have spent a lot of time, energy, and money not to mention worry over food related issues. It has taken time to research my food issues and special diets I have been on as well as endless hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week. But, do I make things more complicated than they need to be?

Yes, life is more complex than a Lego miniature person, a plastic banana, and a plastic fish, but as adults, we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. In my case, I probably do this a lot more than I need to.

So, through the eyes of my 11 year-old son, I will be reminded to focus on whole foods, to spend time in the kitchen with him, and remember to relax, hair in a ponytail, and laugh more.

I will face 2015 with confidence and determination. I will not let my food issues get the best of me. I will use this blog to connect with others and share in life’s struggles as they relate to food  allergies, intolerances, and annoyances! I will not complicate life so much…I will simplify more! And, I will remember that the God who created me, food issues and all, loves me simply for being me.