Almond Maple Bacon Toast

A New Story & Almond Maple Bacon Toast

2 Corinthians 5:17 (nlt)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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Abandoned.
Unwanted.
Unloved.
Abused.
Failure.
Drop-out.
Manipulative.
Irresponsible.
Selfish.
Infertile.
Angry.
Lost.

At one point or another, all of these things have been my story. They’ve defined me and controlled me. They’ve lead me down roads I was never meant to take, shaped untrue beliefs, and formed unhealthy habits. They became the lens through which I saw myself.

Most of us walk through every day, not totally sure of who we are. So, we write our stories as we go. When something happens, either to us or because of us, we jot them down in our autobiography, and just like that, they become truth. Instead of just being a circumstance, they become an identity. It isn’t until we find ourselves sobbing on the floor of the shower, screaming at our husbands over dirty dishes, or unable to pull ourselves out of bed that we realize we’ve been writing a narrative about ourselves. And now it’s the size of a dictionary.

Have you ever stopped to look at a particular trigger in your life, and wondered how you got there? The older I get, I find myself asking that question a lot. One of my biggest struggles is creating and building friendships. Somewhere early on in my autobiography, I wrote a chapter about not being liked. And that’s when it went from a simple thought to a defining truth that I would carry with me up until this very moment.

But now, it’s time to take all that I’ve written – the countless hours I’ve spent creating this autobiography – and throw it in the fire. Those things are no longer my story, because when I accepted Jesus, my story was re-written. Yours was too.

A few years ago, I dropped my iPhone. I picked it up and looked at the screen with complete relief – no cracks! However, moments later I flipped it over to find that my camera had shattered. As someone who works from social media, who’s always recording or capturing something to share; the unthinkable had happened. Even worse, I didn’t have insurance. A few weeks after that, my battery stopped working. My phone went from totally charged to totally dead in a matter of minutes. I took it into the Apple store, and they gave me a brand new phone. Not only did I no longer have a phone that wouldn’t hold a charge, but I was also free from that cracked camera lens. In one moment, the story was re-written. Our God is one of redemption, but He doesn’t just fix what’s broken; He makes it all new.

In the book of Genesis chapter 17, God gives Abram a new name (Abraham), because He gives him a new identity. That new identity is marked by God’s promises to him, and the story that God’s written for him. He does the same for his wife Sarai (Sarah). And He’s doing the same for you and me. God doesn’t want us to carry around a heavy, fictional story that’s been written by our circumstances and interactions with the world. No, He wants much more than that for us because He loves us, because He has great plans for us, and because He’s paid an unbelievable price to make us new.

Write

Think about the story you’ve been carrying around – is it a story that’s been written by God, or one that’s been written by you? What do you need to let go of from that story in order to embrace the new life that Christ has given you?

Pray

For the courage to let allow God to wash away your old story, and the wisdom to welcome your new identity in Him.

Almond Maple Bacon Toast

5 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Pieces of Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of toast
  • 2 strips of bacon/turkey bacon cooked according to package
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Toast bread to desired crispness
  2. Spread almond butter evenly across toast
  3. Chop bacon into smaller pieces and layer on top of almond butter
  4. Drizzle toast with maple syrup
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I used multi-grain sourdough bread from Trader Joes, but you can use any bread you’d like to create this recipe! It sounds like a strange combo, but don’t knock it til you try it!

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