Chocolate Yogurt Parfait

Accepting Worry & Chocolate Parfait

Psalm 55:22 (erv)

Give your worries to the Lord, and he will care for you. He will never let those who are good be defeated.

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I have a serious problem with worry. No matter how hard I try not to worry, issues continue to run through my mind. I’ve heard Christians talk about giving their worries to God. I’ve read verses in the Bible that teach us not to worry. And over and over again, I’ve asked myself how that’s even possible. It’s one thing to say I’m not going to worry, it’s another thing to actually not worry.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this as I’ve been attempting to navigate my way through some of my current struggles, and it finally hit me that the first part of surrendering my worries is acknowledging them. I think that so often, when a worry comes up, I try to push it away. I tell myself that I shouldn’t worry. And I attempt to bury it. But it comes back; it always comes back.

In order to fully give a worry or concern to God, I have to first be totally aware of what it is I’m actually giving Him. When I try to completely avoid my concerns and feel shame for having them, I’m skipping a step. How can I surrender something that I’m unaware of?

God isn’t overwhelmed by or ashamed of our worries, and because of that, we shouldn’t be either. We should be able to explore our hearts with His help and support, knowing that whatever we find, we can then release to Him, and that He is more than capable and willing to take them from us. Coming clean with ourselves and allowing that vulnerability and honesty to take place is a necessary step on the path to peace and freedom.

Write

Do you have a tendency to dismiss or bury your worries? What do you think would happen if you chose to really explore what’s on your heart and share that outcome with the Lord? Are you willing to give it a try?

Pray

Ask the Lord to walk with you as you explore what’s causing worry and anxiety in your life. You can also ask Him to shine a light on anything that you need to begin working through.

Chocolate Parfait

5 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

16 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Parfait with Leftover Granola

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Ingredients

    Granola
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • Parfait
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine all granola ingredients and mix
  4. Spread granola across parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes
  5. Chop strawberries
  6. Place half of the yogurt in a cup, top with half of the strawberries, and cover with 1 tablespoon granola and repeat
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  • Reply Joanna Hayes August 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm What a worrier I am too and the struggle is so hard for me to overcome. It seems no matter what I do the worry gets brought back into my thought/mind. I love how honest you are with your devotions. Thank you.
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