Friday, October 24, 2008

From My Heart

Sometimes things happen right when you need them to. Do you agree with that? I often struggle with feeling successful. It's ridiculous and I know it. I chose- no I choose- to stay home with my kids. Yet, I have days where I wonder why I worked so hard in school. I wonder if I am having any impact on the world outside of my home. Then, I think about how that shouldn't matter. I go round and round and still I spend a lot of time struggling with feeling satisfied.

So, for lots of reasons, writing about David's allergy was incredibly encouraging to me. It was humbling and exciting to see so many wonderful comments on my post at Rocks in My Dryer. It is comforting to know that there are so many other people walking a similar path as me dealing with food allergies. I was honored to be able to share with so many people about my experiences.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was most important to say in the that post. My prayer was simple: Let me help someone understand allergies better. I spent time last night going through all of the comments and then following some of the links to the commenter's websites. I was touched that several people linked to the story on their page. I am amazed, humbled and incredibly thankful that my words are having an impact.

This experience made me realize again (this is a lesson I keep having to learn over and over) that no matter what I am doing, if I put my heart into it, great things can happen.

My challenge: Put my heart into my day. Whatever I am doing today, dedicate myself to it. I want to give my tasks my best effort.(Colossians 3:23). That's what's on my mind (and heart) today.


Christie said...

I came to you from Rock in my Dryer...a long time reader over there and a mother of a child with severe dairy allergy! Thanks for your post and for spreading the word about our precious children.

Elaine said...

God sure does know what he is doing. He has you right where he wants you...

Thanks again.

breaking free said...

I think your success will be in the character of the children that you are raising. If they turn out anything like you and Seth, you will be achieving a lot in your lifetime!! said...

I came to you via Rocks in My Dryer--There were sooo many comments that I thought I would leave mine here instead.
My Uncle recently found out that he has to be on gluten-free diet due to celiac disease,-- Do you have any suggestions on how to make the Holiday dinner that is usually pot-luck easier for him?
(I worry about cross-contamniation(sp?)}

Jane Anne said...

I have to admit that I do not have any experience with providing gluten free dishes. My main advice is basic but will probably be most helpful: Talk to your uncle about how to make him comfortable and safe. He will appreciate you taking the time to talk to him. If he doesn't cook, he can tell you what would work so that he feels confident about eating the food you provide. Even if it means he prefers to bring his own meal, he will feel more comfortable because you talked to him ahead of time.