Gluten Free Life Style

Livi has had stomach issues off and on for the last couple of years.  Two years ago we went down a long journey with her pediatrician and GI doctor.  The eventual result was to get her “regular” and for her to grow out of it, whatever “it” was.

In recent months she’s been complaining of her stomach hurting again and headaches too.  The doctor prescribed medication to help, but those symptoms are hard to treat when you don’t know the precipitating cause is.  We then started to notice she complained less about her stomach when she ate foods that were gluten free.  When she eats a gluten-heavy meal she always complains about her stomach hurting.

Livi has decided, independently, to go gluten free (mostly).  She knows her body feels better when she doesn’t consume it.  That doesn’t mean she doesn’t struggle with the desire to eat the same food her peers eat.  She loves those chicken nuggets from McDonalds and chicken strips from Chick-Fil-A.  And after she eats them to her hearts desire she gets sick.

Sin is the same.  We want sin, we crave sin.  Sin tastes good.  And, after we’ve eaten it, we get sick.  Our souls ache from the after effects just like our bodies ache after gluten consumption.

A gluten-free life style isn’t about what you can’t have, its about the positive side effects from what you choose to have.  In the same way Christian living is about the relationship with Christ you have when there is an absence of sin.  When you choose to live a life free from sin, you find true love, joy, grace, mercy and hope.

If you are struggling with sin today, be encouraged to say no.  Don’t let sin enter your life and rob you of your joy in Christ.  Choose joy today.  Choose love and grace and mercy and hope.  Say no to sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 6:11-12 – So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.-9

1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Romans 12:21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


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Subway of Life

Mom and I talk during my morning commute each day.  The conversation always starts with one of us sharing about what their day holds.  There is never a lack of insanity scheduled, much less unscheduled, each day in my life.  She routinely tells me that the recitation of what the coming day holds for me stresses her out.  While it is therapeutic for me (hearing it out loud somehow brings order to the impending mayhem) it is most certainly not therapeutic for her.

Such is the subway of life.  Sometimes we feel in control, sometimes we feel out of control but, no matter what, it is always a high speed pace.  As life goes on, the speed increases more and more.  I once heard that, as children, time feels longer because it is a larger percentage of our overall life and that, as we age, the years become a smaller and smaller percentage of our life.  Therefore, time seems to speed up more and more.  So far, the theory seems to hold true in my life.

The beauty of it is, we get to pick which subway line we get on, and there are only two trains to choose from.  You can even switch trains mid-life if you feel so inclined.  You can either travel on a subway headed for life or you can travel on a subway headed for death.  Both involve living your life, both involve making conscious choices to participate in your life and both move at high speeds.  But both don’t end at the same destination.

You can choose death, with eternal separation from Jesus, which is hell.  Or, you can choose eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  There is only one way to switch from the subway of death to the subway of life, and that is by believing that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, was resurrected on the third day and that salvation through Him is the one and only way to eternal life.

It is never too late to switch which subway line you’re traveling on.  Today is the day to choose life, not death.  You will never make a more freeing decision as the one to accept Christ as your savior.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

Mark 16:16 – Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.