Don’t Take My Cake Away!

Date nights are just as much fun when you’re in your fifties.

Friday morning Rick said, “Where do you want to eat tonight?”

“How about gluten-free pizza at Your Pie? Then maybe I’ll get a piece of gluten-free cake.” (I was diagnosed with Celiac disease disease four years ago.)

“Whatever you want.”

True love.

I thought about my carrot cake all day long.ย Could hardly wait to taste it.ย I’d found a spot that sells homemade baked goods not too far from the pizza place. After dinner we zipped over to get my cake. Yay!

There it sat. My very own piece of cake full of nuts and iced with cream cheese frosting. (This is not the exact cake, but you get the idea.)

I placed my order.

The guy behind the counter said, “You don’t have Celiac, do you?”

“Umm, yes. Please don’t take my cake away…”

“You shouldn’t eat this. We can’t guarantee it’s not cross-contaminated with wheat.”


“Do you think it would hurt you?” Rick said.

“It might. Probably.”

I handed my cake back and found a box of Ugi’sย Snickerdoodles. Guaranted to be gluten-free.

Yuck. They probably taste like cardboard.

Back at home, I zapped a few of them in the microwave. I took a bite. Totally amazing! They were delish–soft, warm, cinnamon-y–even better than carrot cake! I poured us both a glass of milk.

I sensed there was a message for me buried in my snickerdoodles. After picking the word Surrenderย for 2012, there’s been a message for me in almost everything.

What is it, God?

Saying no to carrot cake means taking care of your body.

Surrender means taking care of your soul.

When you’re tempted go back to your old ways, remember these sweet cookies were from Me.

You have a new way to live–really live.

“…for Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 (NIV)




  1. Oh, Julie, I can just feel your pain at giving up something you love. Carrot cake! I’ve always thought of that as healthy cake:) But what a good God to give you an alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you truly healthy. Congratulations on making a good choice!

  2. Thanks so much, Marilyn. You’re right. He’s keeping me healthy. xoxo

  3. What I love is you’re nudging me to look at everything with spiritual eyes. I’m trying, really I am. I’m the type that forges–no that’s not right. I barge ahead (so much like my character Claire) without thinking. I know the Lord is trying to get through to me, and sometimes I stop to listen. Thank you, my dear friend, for being so open and helping me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m telling you, Ane…this new word is making think so much–like I needed anymore thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love you for being Claire. Bold, strong, fearless Claire.

  4. I appreciate your story, Julie. I wonder what I’d have done if I were in your place and my husband had said what Rick did. I hope I would’ve made the right, strong (really hard at the moment) choice to forgo something I’d been anticipating so much. Oh, life is hard sometimes, isn’t it? We have to make a zillion choices every day. Your thoughts and your application are encouraging. God bless.

    • Thanks so much, Julie. Your Pie is in your stomping grounds. Really really good pizza–they have regular crusts too.

      I so appreciate your comment!! Much love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nancy Farrier says:

    Wonderful post, Julie. Surrender is a great word until I have to think about surrendering something I love – like carrot cake. lol Isn’t God good to replace those past loves with something even more fulfilling. Thank you.

  6. Love this, sweet friend!

    How sweet (literally) of our wonderful God to satisfy your point of need (and want)!

  7. Thank you, Lisa…..thinking about you, my friend. Hugs from Georgia!!

  8. LInda Lee says:

    Sure can relate Julie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am off gluten, dairy, eggs and soy—which doesn’t leave a whole lot of the “fun” foods. :-/ Also supposed to be off of sugar as well…..don’t always succeed in that area. BUT it is for the purpose of helping my body fight off disease (namely Lyme disease) and to help it detoxify more easily. This has been the most challenging season of my life to say the least, but needless to say, the season in which the Lord has spoken the loudest…..His voice echoes better in the valleys. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, Linda. I can’t imagine. Wow. That sure does wipe away a lot of fun foods. I’m sorry. ๐Ÿ™ I have a good friend who dealt with Lyme. You might like her blog. She shares her story on her blog. Such a sweet lady! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

      You said the most beautiful thing, “His voice echoes better in the valleys.’ I love that.


  9. Taking care of ourselves….ahhhh….what a concept! God wants us to do that, even urges us to do that, but we often think of others before ourselves. I’m so happy that you put yourself, and your physical well-being, first. Kudos, kiddo!

  10. Thanks. Wonderful points my dear friend. Thank you. You always understand and say just the right thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi Julie, As always, I can really relate to your post. I have had to eliminate gluten from my diet also. Your blog has been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. Enjoy the honor and know that you and your blog are much appreciated. Please visit to learn more about it. Thank you for an excellent blog!

  12. Oh, wow. Thank you sooooooo much for this honor!! I just called my husband on his way to work to tell him. What an incredible boost–to know my words touch people’s hearts. Bless you and your efforts at Pure Glory.

    So very gratefully,

  13. Oh Julie! I would have cried. And you’re so right on…what a message on your one-word. I could feel the pain of surrender in your story and the sweet joy of God’s provision. Oh the places our one-word take us throughout the year…whew! xo

  14. And you inspired me to find my One Word! Thanks, my friend. The places we will go this year…Simplicity and Surrender. Sounds like cute names for sisters. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Julie, this is a great post. It’s funny how huge it can be to surrender in the “small” things. My word for the year is “self-discipline” and, reading your post, I started to realize how much of that involves surrender. Lots of “chewing” (no pun intended, I promise) to do on this one. Thanks for sharing it.

  16. Thanks so much, Jodie. You’re so right! Surrender and self-discipline go hand in hand…at least for me. xoxo

  17. Mary says:

    Isn’t it interesting, that in surrendering one thing, you were given another? โ€œWhen one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.โ€ – Alexander Graham Bell.

    For me, loss sometimes means the creation of an open space in my life…. a space where something else good can come in. I’m glad your open space was quickly filled with cookies! ; – )

    I, too, eat gluten free. Doctors thought I had celiac, so I went gluten free. Further tests proved I did not have celiac… but I noticed that my migraines and stomach upset diminished greatly when I was off gluten. The doctor thinks I might have a sensitivity to it. So, I make careful choices every day – but I feel better, which is a great reward. What’s a piece of whole wheat bread compared to a whole day of feeling good? I think I’ve traded up!

  18. Hey, Mary. Your symptoms sure sound Celic-ish. The first thing the doctor said when I was diagnosed was, “Don’t you have migraines?” I felt better within 24 hours of the new diet.

    Loved your comment about Surrender!

    Thanks so much for reading and writing.


  19. HI JUlie!!! I found your blog through Robin. I always see your comments on her blog but never rrealized you had one too. I signed up to follow you too. I am so glad you got your cookies!!! God does provide, in all ways. XO, Pinky

  20. Oh, thank you, Pinky! I’ve loved seeing your name in Robin’s comments…have hoped to “meet” you. Thank you so much for finding me and for your comment!!

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