Psalm 126:3-6 The Message (MSG)
A Pilgrim Song
126 1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
“God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.
4-6 And now, God, do it again—
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
I found many verses about home in the Bible. Several of them have to do with food AND home. I have many opportunities in a day to have food at our home. How about you?
We have a unique eater at our home. B is nearly nine years old. He is an extreme picky eater aka a sensory impairment kiddo. He is special and stubborn. We have learned to adapt.
Because we eat breakfast, (sometimes lunch), and dinner as a family it is interesting to watch B eat or not eat. He is nearly always on the move or in front of a screen–a big youtube and Minecraft fan. These characteristics are similar to many boys his age.
His eating habits are not so much like his peers. He only eats carbohydrates. Yes, he is our carbatarian. He eats no meat, he eats no bread or pasta (only CRUNCHY or creamy Peanut Butter, or sweet carbs). He eats no vegetables and no fruits. He is stuck in his own self preservation diet. If you’ve known me long or read this blog through the years you know all about B. You also know we have learned to adapt.
Here’s my present day slant on B’s eating at home. He eats what he can and what he wants. We have found that pressuring him to eat only makes him more anxious, more stubborn, or eliminates his willingness to eat or drink milk. He only drinks milk and water by the way—kind of the gold standard at our house for drinking anyways. We adapt our dinner to include his preferred foods and always adapt to restaurants by allowing him to eat desserts and bring his own foods.
His ways of eating have stayed the same for 9 years despite lots of input from occupational and speech therapists. He has had many peer models, and it doesn’t matter. He hasn’t “outgrown this.” He likely never will, but only God knows. At home we embrace him and accept him. We are trying to have a home that is full of laughing and armloads of blessing as the verse about states. This only happens when we adapt.
I can laugh now because in the past this situation would make me cry.
I can receive armloads of blessing because I have been seeking that for years by counting my blessings instead of my frustrations or negative feelings.
I can write today because I am confident Our God made our sons and our marriage solid despite the challenges.
Hope you have a Happy Day and Eat Something You Love Guilt FREE!