Everyone has a story. That’s what the “U” part of My TEA CUPP Prayers is all about, Understanding our stories in the light of God’s Word. When we know our stories, it helps us share our testimony with others, encouraging them to follow Jesus.
But today I want to share a different kind of story with you, this story is how God brought me healing in a unique way. I share this in hopes that my readers might find healing, too. This is My Gluten-Free Story.
I have always had tummy troubles. Forever there has been a bit of pain in my stomach area. When my two oldest kids were little, I was diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and IBS. This was after several mortifying doctor visits where I was poked and prodded. When our third child was born, I had an epidural. It was the only time I could ever remember not having pain in my abdomen. Too bad those epidurals wear off!
As my children grew, I continued to have tummy troubles, trying various supplements and healthy shakes to no avail. We were praying for more children, but never thought about how my condition could be connected to the ability to conceive.
Finally, in the summer of 2009 we were expecting again, only to lose that baby in a painful miscarriage. That very autumn, we were expecting again, and also lost the baby. The following June, we lost a third baby soon after conception. “Why is all this happening?” I pleaded with God.
At the time, we were working at a church camp. I was in charge of ordering food from Sysco. In the fall of 2010, Sysco offered a webinar for its customers about gluten-free cooking. I chose to participate, thinking it would help me order the right foods for our guests.
The Sysco webinar turned out to say very little about their products. Instead, it went into great detail about Celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity. They discussed the symptoms of those with gluten-intolerance, including stomach pains and miscarriages. They explained how the walls of the intestine are covered with little fingers called villi. These villi absorb the nutrients from food, providing nourishment to the body. The problem for a gluten-sensitive person is the gluten wraps itself around the villi. This makes the person not absorb nutrients, thus causing miscarriages and other health issues. The webinar also explained that a traumatic event, such as a miscarriage, could cause a person who was only slightly sensitive to suddenly become gluten-intolerant.
So, there I sat in our camp office, expecting to make a shopping list for the dining hall. Instead, God gave me information to make some new healthy choices. And that is what I did. I went back to our house and announced to my family what I had learned, giving up delicious pizza crusts and cinnamon rolls forever, in favor of better nutrition for my body.
And guess what, it was exactly one year later, in the fall of 2011, that God blessed us with our fourth child. God healed me and answered my prayers.
I still have tummy problems off and on, giving up dairy a few years ago, too. But I don’t catch as many colds, and I know that by eating gluten-free, I’m doing my part to keep healthy for serving the Lord. And so I share my favorite gluten-free recipes with you, even some pizza crust that is thick and yummy like the real thing. I pray that you will enjoy these recipes and be blessed with better health.
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. Matthew 14:35-36 (NKJV)