Blueberry Mug Cake

A Sharp Sword & Breakfast Mug Cake

Isaiah 49:2 (erv)

He used me to speak for him. He used me like a sharp sword, but he also held me in his hand to protect me. He used me to like a sharp arrow, but he also kept me safe in his arrow bag.

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Sometimes, when I read a verse that really jumps out at me, I like to go back through and re-read it a few times, highlighting or underlining the specific words or phrases in the verse that really make it impactful for me. When I read this passage, there were 4 things I really wanted to spend some time meditating on.

Speak for him. Just to clarify, the “him” in this passage is God. I’m sorry, what? If you’re like me, you find that mind-blowing. And terrifying. And incredible. All at once. These 3 simple words show us God’s humility, His trust and confidence in us, and His desire to use us to reach all people. It’s such a great reminder of how purposeful our lives were designed to be.

Also. This is a short transition word with a big meaning. God can, and will, challenge us and protect us at the same time. It’s not one or the other. Often times, I think mistakenly think of my relationship with God in the same way that I imagine a baby bird and its parents. At first, the bird relies on the parents for everything, but eventually, it learns how to find its own food and builds its own life (are you totally visualizing a teenage bird backpacking through Europe, finding herself?). It doesn’t need its parents anymore, so it ventures off into the big world. God will never “send us out into the wild” alone. We will never reach a point where we’ve made it, where we’re strong enough, smart enough, mature enough, or righteous enough on our own. God’s desire is to be with us, even as we grow and mature. When He identifies a place that He can use us, He’ll continue to protect us.

Sharp. This word is used twice in the same passage. I once heard someone say (someone that I can absolutely not give credit to because I have no idea where this actually came from) that when you see a word or phrase repeated in the Bible, it’s a signal that it’s extra important. In this case, it’s being used to describe two different types of weapons. A sharp weapon is an effective weapon; it does what it was created to do. Initially, I thought it was interesting and kind of confusing that God chose to use weapons to describe us. But the more I study the Word, the more I see that God is in a battle for His people. Ultimately, we know who wins (spoiler; it’s Him), but not everyone will be on the winning side. 2 Peter 3:9 teaches that God is spending this time fighting for those people, and in any fight, weapons are used.

Kept me safe. I guess more than anything, this reinforced the thoughts behind the “also” section. Even though we typically view a weapon as a means of protection, God is the one protecting us. It’s sort of like a police officer and his gun scenario; the officer uses the gun to complete his work, but he takes care of it and is responsible for it. He’s always the hand holding the gun, the thoughtful mind behind the decisions made for that weapon.

I know this is a different format than the usual devotionals, but I also wanted to showcase how important we are to God, not just because we can be purposeful weapons, but also because God cares enough to protect us in the process. This passage outlines a really beautiful process – God saves us then uses us to save others; ultimately fulfilling His purpose, and ours.

Write

What areas of your life do you think that God wants to use you as a weapon? Do you trust in His promise to also protect you in the process?

Pray

To walk into any space or place that God wants to use you with a willing heart.

Breakfast Mug Cake

2 minPrep Time

1 minCook Time

3 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Mug Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sliced or chopped walnuts or almonds

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined
  2. Spoon mixture into a microwave safe mug
  3. Microwave for 1 minute and check for doneness
  4. Continue microwaving for 10 seconds at a time until cooked through

Nutrition

Calories

265 cal

Fat

6 g

Carbs

43 g

Protein

11 g
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Tips & Tools

This mug cake can go from not cooked to hard-as-a-rock in seconds, so be sure to follow the 10 second time frame listed in the recipe.

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