Everyday Spectacular

Imperfections. Ramblings. Life to the Full.


We only have so much time each day.No matter how you describe it… one day or 24 hours or 1,440 minutes or even a whopping  86,400 seconds…it all boils down to this:

There is only one me and only so much time and I have to figure out how to do what I need to do and what I want to do and not go crazy. Help me, Jesus.

Or maybe that’s just my struggle.

Anyway, back in April the Johnston family added a stranger’s baby into our already very full lives. And becoming a foster family is absolutely the best decision we’ve made in a uber-long time, but it’s still a bit busier having three kids than two kids, know what I mean?

And then in July we saw a naturopath because we absolutely did not want to put our son on a specific medicine that might help him with his focus issues at school.

The naturopath said, essentially, “Take supplements and go gluten and dairy free and you won’t need to put him on medicine.” Which, of course, can be translated as “Spend a lot of money on small pills and then forcefeed them to your children and CHANGE THE ENTIRE WAY YOU EAT.”

I just might have panicked, you know, for like a day or two. But I’m a parent and thus will do about anything for my kids. So now, for solidarity’s sake, we are all gluten free and dairy free and are all pill-poppers. (Except for when the kids are in bed and Jeff and I break out the ice cream. Shhh…don’t tell!)

I’m now cooking and baking with ingredients I’ve never heard of before. Amaranth? Guar gum? Sorghum flour?

So that’s been fun.

This week I went to pull out meat from our deep freezer to thaw for dinner, and IT WAS ALL ALREADY THAWED.

Goodbye, old deep freezer, goodbye.

Last night I pulled out the load of whites that had been in the dryer and everything was graffitied with red, yellow and green. Apparently 3 crayons were lurking in a pocket unbeknownst to me and the heat of the dryer melted them over EVERYTHING.

Anyway, all I am trying to say is that the more that gets added to your life, the more crazy it gets, whether through additions of your choosing or through circumstances that you could not even have imagined, you get to choose your response.

On the day of the freezer fiasco I read Ann’s words….”And nothing can overwhelm me — like grace can overtake me.” http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/08/when-you-are-finding-it-hard-to-keep-up-chased-by-grace/ 

And I felt it down deep in my soul. Grace. Jesus. Salvation. Peace.

I choose to see Jesus in my everyday. I choose joy. Gratitude. Laughter. Freedom. Sanity.

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”   Psalm  94:18-19 

And, somehow, His support, His consolation is always enough. Always.

In what ways do you need Jesus to breath His peace into your anxiety-ridden, overstressed soul?


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5 thoughts on “Sanity

  1. Stephanie Peace on said:

    Hi Carrie, oddly enough, I too have recently went gluten free. I can share the frustration with the cost and the diet change around this. If see any good deals I will let you know. Blessings to you !!

  2. Elise Rodman on said:

    big hug, carrie! love you!!!

  3. glutengallop on said:

    I can totally relate. I just found out that I have Celiac Disease, and Jesus is the only cure. Well, that and a diet completely free of gluten. Ouch. That means changing everything I ever knew about eating. Plus, I’m slammed with pills to keep my body absorbing all the nutrients it has been lacking since my diagnosis. As for the whole crayon thing, good luck. Lol! God always blesses us beyond our imaginations. Crayons or not. Just to keep life colorful! Blessings ~ Andrea

  4. Preach it sister friend! The only choice we really have is to rely on God – I can’t do a thing in my own strength, no matter how I try!

  5. Laura Farraway on said:

    Just finished praying that God would indeed keep my head from blowing clean off my shoulders due to intense pressure my family and I have been under and that His peace would reign in spite of, when I read your post. You have impeccable timing Carrie! You forgot to say that you have also chosen to be a blessing. So very grateful.

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