Tag Archives: Comfort

Wear Those Hats Proudly

This morning as my daughter was getting ready for school, we almost forgot that it was Hat Day! Therefore at the last minute, we searched through her closet and found several options to choose from. From a beach hat to a few wool ones to the princess cap that she picked, they were all right there. She did not need to carry a bag full of them to school or pile them all upon her head. Instead, she picked one and went off to school. I could not help but reflect on the simplicity in that and how life these days has become quite the opposite. Our days seem to be full with a large arrange of hats to wear and roles to fill with no choice on the table but to wear them all.

For most of us, 2020 has given us so many more hats to wear. From wife to mother to teacher to therapist to technology support to coach to comedian to detective to motivator to entertainer to EVERYTHING ELSE, this year has given us all so many more roles to play. And that alone is exhausting. I don’t know about you, but I was exhausted before 2020 even hit.

Still, it came and continues to challenge us to the core. 2020 has challenged us out of our comfort zones and into uncomfortable places. And while most of us do not like to be uncomfortable, it is in the discomfort we grow. It is in the discomfort we learn. It is in the discomfort we are challenged. It is in the discomfort we step into more. It is in the discomfort we become everything we were created to become. It is in the discomfort that God is working and right besides us. So, embrace God during this time and even if it all feels so heavy and like nothing makes sense, lean into Him and trust. Make room for Him. Put it all into His hands. Then, use those emptied hands to grab a hold of His word and His promises. Then together with Him, embrace those hats and wear them all proudly and boldly, knowing that there is a whole world out there, out of our comfort zones, waiting for us.

So, while there may be a lot of suffering, pain and discomfort, choose to trust and believe that with every step you take in and through it, God is using it to make you stronger…because YOU were made for more.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So wear those hats proudly and wave them boldly through the raging storms. Celebrate all that you are growing into…and the strength that is being uncovered within you… because it is something truly amazing! Most importantly, use your gifts and embrace the most important hat we all have access to… being a believer and child of God.

Favorite Finds Friday – Buddy

While my favorite find of the week is not directly related to food allergies and eczema, it has definitely helped with everything in many ways.   Over the past couple of months, TJ has grown to looooove his stuffed animals.  He not only carries them around with him but also loves to pile them up and roll around with them. (At first, while I thought it was beyond adorable, I worried the rubbing against his skin would cause hives or an eczema flare up. However, to date, it has never done that!)
Out of all of these stuffed buddies, Buddy  is his favorite.
Buddy comes on walks, grocery shops,  plays with us, and has brought TJ additional comfort.
In addition, Buddy comes on most car rides and has helped with keeping TJ from scratching at his eczema during most of these drives. During last school year, car rides were stressful for both of us. No matter my antics, many times TJ would throw his toys, take off his sneakers and scratch away at his eczema, sometimes causing it to bleed. Thank God for protecting us during those times as I am not sure how I didn’t get into an accident. Driving with screaming babies on traffic-packed highways is not an enjoyable experience. So far this year, we have only had a couple difficult rides. Thank you Buddy and your pals for that.
Also, with the start of day care again, Buddy helps bring TJ comfort when I drop him off. I no longer drop off just my son but also this awesome stuffed guy or one of his other pals. Mostly Buddy though…
This Friday, I thank Taggies for their excellent and adorable product and products.  Mornings are brighter and less stressful because of this stuffed pup. Last but not least, thank you Buddy for watching out for my little guy and bringing even more smiles to our days …

 


What is your child’s favorite toy? What was your favorite toy growing up? How did or does it bring comfort to your days?