Forbidden Fruit. Actually, Forbidden Cake.

glutenfreeBecause of a multitude of health issues that don’t seem explainable by any one diagnosis, I am now gluten-free at the advice of my doctor.

Yes, I’ve become THAT person. The one at the restaurant who has to talk to the server about her options. The one who has to spend extra time at the grocery store figuring out what she can buy. The one who has to ask if a company party will have gluten-free food and drink choices. Seriously.

I’ve never been annoyed by THOSE people before. I more felt bad for what they have to miss out on. Pasta?! Bread?! Donuts?! BEER?! But I’m finding myself really annoying. Because now I feel like I’m imposing on others. I seem to have copious amounts of grace for others in this situation, just not for myself.

I’m trying to look at this as an adventure. “Think of how much healthier you’ll feel!” “Think of all the stuff you can still eat and drink!” “Maybe you won’t feel sick anymore!” But really. Ugh.

I know I can’t apologize for this, because it’s who I am and I’m not going to compromise my health for the sake of convenience. Just thinking about what gluten is probably doing to my body strengthens my resolve. But I can’t seem to help internally cringing every time I have to mention it or talk about it, and I’m only eight days in! This isn’t just a diet, it’s a whole new lifestyle.

Thank you, Jesus, that Reese’s Pieces are gluten-free.

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My Rainbow Soap Box

The news right now is full of people speaking out for or against civil liberties for the LGBTQ community.
Here’s the thing. Why is this still a thing? Why do people feel like they are entitled to dictate how others should live? Unless these people are physically, spiritually, emotionally or otherwise directly causing harm to another person, WHO CARES!?
Maybe I’m radical, but I strive to stay true to Jesus when He instructs us not to judge one another but to love one another. And no amount of explanation can justify hate crimes or legislature that criminalizes people’s personal choices that aren’t endangering others.
I’m weary of the Pharisaical atmosphere the world has taken, with individuals pushing their ideas of what lifestyles are “right” and “wrong” onto others. You know what the Pharisees did? They created laws and standards of living that forced people to abide by their ideas of right and wrong. How is this different than what some are doing today to make gay marriage illegal or publicly shame those embracing their own identities?
I’m weary of people citing the Bible and God to justify their acts of hate. I must have missed the part where it said to push your beliefs on others and make them feel less-than-human when I skipped to the part where Jesus said to love your neighbor as you love yourself as the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-40).
Hate is never justified.
But, Sodom and Gomorrah, you say? Yes, God took out Sodom and Gomorrah. Because they were living like heathens, having sex with everything that moved (I mean, they tried to rape Angels, for Pete’s sake). God didn’t wipe out Sodom and Gomorrah because it was full of people entering into committed, monogamous relationships with one another, he wiped them out because they were willful, disobedient jerks who just wanted to have mass orgies.
But, slippery slope, you say? Maybe it is a slippery slope. But I highly doubt allowing two consenting adults to enter into committed, monogamous relationships will result in global pedophilic, Bacchanalian mania. Maybe, but, really? If I’m wrong, please do come and find me and rub it in, though, because you’d totally have the right to claim “told ya’s” over me.
In the end, if you’re a believer, then you believe God is in control. You’ve surrendered control to God, so please let God continue to reign, and just respond obediently to Jesus’ instructions to love God and love one another.