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What to Do When Your Friends Go “Gluten Free”

I’ve had several friends recently find out they are either sensitive or allergic to glutens. Some just get worse headaches when they eat glutens and others found out they have a severe case of Celiac’s disease. There’s Gluten in SO many things now! But it can be done! It helps to remember that potatoes and rice are still okay. Most all-natural meats are GF (beware processed meats in general anyway, but especially when your Dairy Free or Gluten Free – they can be filled with additives). And, of course, fruits and veggies are always a win! Below are some resources I’ve gathered to use when I take treats to their house or have them over for dinner.

Some GF-Friendly Sites I Like:

 Most grocery stores have their own Gluten Free section now. If you haven’t tried Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), it’s great! It’s a whole grain that’s gluten free and contains protein as well as Omega 3’s. And it can be served savory or sweet, hot or cold. It cooks kind of like rice, in about 15 minutes. Here’s my favorite recipe for breakfast: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/warm-and-nutty-cinnamon-quinoa-recipe.html.

You might also look into “Paleo Diet” or “Primal Blueprint” (aka Cave Man Diet) – they are heavy on meat and veggies and almost eliminate grains, so you could find some options using those too. I have a couple friends on Primal, and they have a really good grain free pizza crust that uses almond meal, egg, and parmesan cheese.

And, yes, they can still eat dessert! A couple of my favorite GF-Friendly desserts are the Flourless Brownies from Whole Foods Recipes and a No Bake Chilled Double Chocolate Torte recipe from Oh She Glows.

One thing I try to remind my newly-“GF” friends is to look at all the rich things God has given them to enjoy instead of focusing on what they can’t have. After all, they’re not the first people to have been given a food restriction (remember  Adam and Eve in the Garden – they were given a whole garden and told to avoid ONE tree). So, enjoy the “garden” and praise God for all His rich blessings!

What GF-Friendly sites or recipes are your favorites?

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Are Your Trials “Mercies in Disguise”?

Laura Story’s new song “Blessings” – this might just become my theme song for the year. Beautiful!

Thanks to my friend Danielle for sharing this with me. And I want to thank the Lord for the trials that we’ve gone through over the last several months: hard jobs, no job, financial burdens, family burdens, struggles with trusting vs. doubting, periods of frustration and waiting on the Lord, struggling with trusting vs. doubting, etc. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been what’s best for us. And while we wouldn’t wish the trials of these last few months on anyone else, we wouldn’t wish them away for the world. We’ve learned so much: our faith has grown, our marriage has grown, and we’ve been forced to be creative while waiting and trusting on His perfect timing and path. Thank you, Lord.

“We pray for blessings;
We pray for peace;
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing, for prosperity;
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
All the while, You hear each spoken need,
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.

“‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

“We pray for wisdom,
Your voice to hear;
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near;
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love,
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough.
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

“When friends betray us,
When darkness seems to win,
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home.

“What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life –
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights –
Are your mercies in disguise?”