Crustless Apple Pie

Consequences & Crustless Apple Pie

Deuteronomy 31:8 (csb)

The Lord is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid of discouraged.

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The closer we get to our move to Chicago, the more uneasy I get. I’m also extremely excited, but my primary emotion right now is nerves. A lot of people might not know this, but we’ve been considering a move to Chicago for 7 years. The first time we went to the city to visit, we fell in love, and it’s been in the back of our minds ever since.

We’ve toured multiple condo buildings there multiple times, but it’s never felt like the right time. When we made our move to Dallas almost 2 years ago, we talked about Chicago, but decided that maybe we were too “old” and too “established” to turn our lives upside down and change our entire way of life.

Yet, something kept pulling us back, and when the opportunity presented itself earlier this year, we finally decided it was now or never, so we pulled the trigger. But as I continue to eliminate possessions, and pack my really warm weather stuff away for storage to make room for the layers and layers I’ll need to wear in the winter, I question whether this decision was the right one.

It’s normal, I think, the doubt. Anytime something major is about to happen, it’s easy to forget the positives and focus on the negatives. It’s easy to let fear drive my behaviors and emotions. It’s really easy to start thinking that this might have been the wrong choice. But, something that God has laid on my heart recently is the simple question: “so what?”

So what if it’s the wrong choice? It wouldn’t be the first time. And while each and every choice has consequences, good and bad, God promises to never leave us. I’ve read and re-read the verse about a bunch of times, and it doesn’t contain any stipulations. There’s nothing that says God will only be with us when we’re right, or just, or good. I’m sure that God’s heart for us is that we always do what’s right and in line with His will, but He also knows us fully.

We do have to live with and navigate through the consequences of results of our actions and choices, but God doesn’t abandon us there. He’s with us in the hills and valleys, and His love for us doesn’t change based on our elevation level. Even in the midst of a mess, God is always leading the charge and going ahead of us. Because of Jesus’ death on the Cross, we can rest in knowing that God’s already extended His complete forgiveness to us. That gives us the freedom to do our best as we walk through life, and to know that we’re not alone throughout the process.

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Are you living with the result of any choices that you feel alone in? Take time to re-read today’s scripture and focus on the truth; the loving, good God of the universe is right there with you in all that you do.

Pray

Surrender all of yourself to God this morning; including your choices of the past and your current circumstances. As you do, listen for His guidance.

Crustless Apple Pie

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Crustless Apple Pie

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 large apple, core removed
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover a baking sheet with tin-foil
  3. Create small slices in apple half, starting on the skin side, without cutting the entire way through
  4. Lay apple skin side up on tin foil and place coconut oil on the top
  5. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top and bake for 15 minutes or until soft
  6. Cover with granola, drizzle with honey, and serve with greek yogurt
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The nutrition info is calculated using Kind Oat & Honey Granola Clusters but if you’d prefer to make your own, you can check out this no-bake granola recipe or grab the baked granola recipe from this post.

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