Mom E-votional : No Allergy this Christmas

Christmas for Eczema Family

Wishing all families with eczema kids a Merry Christmas!

Some people are allergic to holidays – on a serious note, christmas trees taken from the basement have high concentration of molds that can trigger allergy flare-up; with lots of visiting, there’s increased exposure to house dust mites, pet dander and food allergies. On a crazy note, we could be allergic to our family and friends, to christmas ‘cheer’ or simply, the toll of preparing for the occasion!

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, God’s son who became a baby, suffered with us and died for us so that we can understand him and believe. Our kids are worth celebrating too! Each milestone they took and how they have grown. Wishing all eczema families a Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year – stay eczema free!

Bible verse:

Philippians 2:8-10 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

Yay, it’s Christmas! It’s a time for joy truly and thank you Jesus for coming to earth! Pray that more and more families with eczema kids will rejoice each year that the eczema is more controllable and life improves!

Christmas – Season of Joy and Look forward to 2015 Eczema and Allergy free!

Mom E-votional : Daily Skincare

Daily Skincare for Eczema ChildrenThis graphic similar to airline arrival and departure time reminds me of how parents of eczema kids run by the clock. Apart from thinking of a day as morning, afternoon and night, sometimes I think of the day as moisturizing, shower and freshening up since my child seems to scratch more when hot and sweaty.

Do you feel like you are like a mouse, running up and down the clock (Hickory Dickory Dock!)? Don’t forget to add in some ‘transit’ stops during the day – Jesus reminded his disciples to rest too!

Bible verse:

Mark 6: 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

God, sometimes we feel that life becomes running round the clock. Teach us how to rest while time never stops.

Daily Skincare does not mean no Self (Parent) Care

Mom E-votional : F-words

Depression Eczema EmotionsIt’s coming to the end of the year – some years I end the year being pleased with my life progress, some years I end it being depressed. If your child’s eczema is severe and you have tried everything you can, but nothing works, every attempt yields no improvement and soon, trying something new leads to fear of shattered hope.

Life can be difficult.

In developed countries, we mostly live without the fear of war at our doorstep, without the fear of not having food on the table the next day, without the fear of persecution for our faith. Yet, we sometimes live in another kind of fear. Have I wasted my life if I’m not successful? Have I lost the talent that I had not discovered (the number of reality shows sometimes get to us rather than inspire us!)? Am I grooming my child for failure in my parenting? It’s ok to be a failure today but have I turned into a loser?

I comfort myself with this bible verse, Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

God, give us parents strength – strength in our hearts and mind to keep on parenting, keep on doing what we do, wisdom to do the right things in our life and for our child and the love to carry it out with joy.

Banish the F-Words, have no Fear

Mom E-votional : (All out of) Eczema Love

Love for Child with Eczema

Does a Mom’s (and Dad’s) Love ever run out?

As I think about this, I’ve got Air Supply’s song ‘All out of love’ stuck in my head! I wonder though, does love ever run out? Can we love till we stopped loving? or even start hating? What is love?

I’m the first to confess that I’m bad at it. Unconditional love? I think of many times when I supposedly do an act of love but expect something (appreciation, more love?). I think of even more times when an act of love easily turns into an occasion for resentment. Does having a child with eczema or another health condition requires the parents to have more love? Sometimes love is as elusive as a bubble – it’s tangible yet the second you hold on to it, it burst. Anyone with me?

One person who is definitely not with me is Jesus. He knows how to love. His love for us led him to the cross. He sees our heart (all that terrible thoughts sometimes!) and yet still chooses to die for us. (Even when I may run away from myself!)

Bible verse:

1 John 3:16-18 : This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Help me to love! Love my spouse, my child, my parents, my friends, my neighbour, myself and my God.. love is so difficult, enlighten me in this journey to love!

Love never runs out.

Mom E-votional : Bottle Up Marriage

Marriage Tip Feelings Bottled UpI imagine in every marriage, there’s work to do. After all, as the saying goes, you won’t know how unloving you are till you live with someone. Even more in a marriage with eczema kids, these ‘negative’ feelings may easily escalate.

God cares about our marriage and there are many verses on how married couples should love each other. My favourite is the one below, and it’s so hard to live it up!

Bible verse:

Ephesians 4:2-3  “Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

Father, help us in our marriage. It’s so so difficult – sometimes I don’t have time to love my spouse! (maybe I don’t have time to love even myself!!). Help me to love for love unites!

Don’t Bottle Up the Bad, Choose Love

Mom E-votional : Each Child has a Gift

Child's Multiple Intelligence

Each child has his/her own gift – there are 8 multiple intelligences from this interview with Dr Thomas Armstrong and it’s amazing how each of us learn and can be ‘gifted’ in different way! I wonder too if having eczema helps or impedes our child in the way they learn and see the world – many children with eczema develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, to make friends and to explain the skin condition. What about your child?

The bible asks us to use our gifts too and I pray all the time that whatever I’m doing at this blog is using some of that gifts and helping someone!

Bible verse:

1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

God, help us and our children to discover our gifts and use it purposefully in this life! It would be such a waste if we never discover and use that something special we’re gifted with!

Your Child has a Gift

Mom E-votional : WHOLE-Hearted Love

Love Wholehearted Mom Parents Kids GodIt’s almost impossible to give something our undivided attention these days – our many commitments, responsibilities, roles and our devices seem to pull us in all direction. What about undivided love? Sometimes I find it a mystery for those who have more than one child, is it possible to give undivided love to both? Even between an eczema child and a spouse, can love be undivided?

Yet, as a Christian, I am to love God wholeheartedly. I find it hard as well – in theory, loving God will translate to loving everyone, one another. IRL (in real life), I’m not sure how ti works – for me, I have lists of to-dos which I strike off to make sure I’ve somehow loved everyone I care about in my life, but that’s an effort in itself!

Bible verse:

Jeremiah 29: 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Lord, help me to be wholehearted in loving the people around me.

How do I love everyone I care about? How do I love without selfishness?

How do I love without resentment and balancing scales?

Help us parents of eczema kids to love, it’s So Important to get this right in life!

Love Wholeheartedly

Mom E-votional : Dinner’s Served

Electronics on the Dinner Menu!

Electronics on the Dinner Menu!

We all know today’s dinner scene may look very different from the pre-tablet and smartphone age – recently, I was at breakfast with my family and niece and we each had a device. I immediately thought of all the parenting advice that I am to practice – remove electronic device, build conversation and open our world to each other during meals (vs closed up and only pals with Angry Birds, crushing candy).

But then I thought – hey, it’s also a way of connecting. It is possible that conversations can be built around how to crush candy, your best score, highest level and longest time to break one level. Why not? If it’s something that at that point works to draw people closer, it’s more than justified.

Jesus was unconventional in drawing people together – he talked to a samaritan woman at the well (John 4) and ate with tax collectors in their home (Mark 2:13). Talking about eczema draws parents of eczema kids closer too – hopefully, this blog helped in that conversation! I do pray that we all have time to enjoy our meal, with friends and family (despite it being so stressful with the eczema!).

Bible verse:

Mark 2:16 : When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

God, we thank you that you are a God who loves people, dine with us and meet us at the most unlikely place but just when we need it.

Love the People at Your Table

Mom E-votional : Epigenetics – It’s NEVER too LATE

pigenetics Disease Infographic EczemaBluesSome of us resign to our genes – eczema gene, allergy gene, diabetes gene, heart disease gene.. but we needn’t do that yet. In the study of epigenetics, it is found that our ‘bad’ gene will not express itself (ie you get the disease) if we have healthy diet, exercise, don’t smoke.. in fact, even for those who already have diabetes, a 7% weight loss can lead to 58% reduction of subsequent diabetes (learnt from Dr David Katz’ book Disease Proof).

Likewise, even if you have committed sin or feel too old, you’re never too old to be a child of God. It’s never too late to be a Christian, not until your very last breath!

Bible verse:

1 Timothy 2:3-4: God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth

God, we thank you it’s never too late or too sick to believe in You! Let a seed be planted in all who read this!

Never too Late for Jesus

Mom E-votional : The Best Life Insurance

Healthy Living Eczema Blues Infographics

I look at this data, (that I read in Dr David Katz’ Disease Proof) and wondered

Isn’t Healthy Living the BEST INSURANCE?

We all worry about whether we have the right insurance, adequate insurance coverage, read the fine print correctly (and probably shorten a few years figuring it all out, if ever we can!). Yet, the best insurance is to lead healthy life and this is compiled by CDC to be Diet, Exercise and No Smoking – with taking care of these 3, there’s statistics showing 80% reduction in death from disease!

I know I’ve been a little obsessed with health for the past few weeks, but it’s ever so important that I really need to share it. Likewise, the message of salvation is something so important, it has to be shared. It’s not 80% but 100% – Believe in God and that Jesus died for your sins, it’s the way to heaven.

Bible verse:

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

God, there are many messages, tasks, to-do lists, goals, targets that are important but nothing beat THE MESSAGE of salvation, a gift you offered. Open our mind and heart to truth, sometimes it’s so simple that we’re too proud to believe.

Choose your Life on Earth and in Heaven.

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