Having many food allergies and restrictions, it is fairly easy to enter a “woe is me” state of mind. It can be easy to see what others have, that I just can’t have. It doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate what I can have. It just affects my spirit to see what my body cannot handle (and those needed restrictions). It can be harder to find food that I can have in a standard grocery store.
Meaning: When I find something that I can have and it’s not ridiculously expensive, I stock up.
I stock up like crazy.
Some people hoard clothes.
I hoard food. Specialized food. Friendly food.
Quite honestly, I never would of guessed how it would affect me emotionally to have such food restrictions.
It can be really hard to cope with that, but I do. It is by God’s grace that I cope. God through His Holy Spirit consoles me, and helps me. God fulfills His promise to me in Isaiah 41:10 where it says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand”. This is why I can celebrate what I can have, instead of the long list of my current food restrictions. Hard things that are found –everywhere – and in everything.
I don’t want to focus on what I can’t have, so I am not throwing that list here. I think it would just enable a sense of what I want to avoid- that pity I or others may feel. I want to be about celebrating. Not just today, but every day.
Instead, I want to celebrate gratitude.
Gratitude for what I can have.
Gratitude for my food stash.
Choosing an attitude of gratitude, because my overflowing cabinets are filled with food for just me to eat and enjoy.
Gratitude for the simple fact that I have never ran out of food.
Today, I began to clean off counters, rearrange things, and organize my food stash a little bit. I finished what I thought was all of my flour yesterday.
*Start to panic*
It’s naturally, right?
Anyway, the more cleaned off our counters, the more I would find.
Here is just the upper part of my gluten-free cabinet, for just my food.
God has blessed me tremendously!
Now, I still need all purpose flour.
Meaning: I need to restock on rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch.
But, I am tremendously blessed for what I do have!