Constant Presence & Sweet Potato Brownies

Psalm 31:22 (erv)

I was afraid and said, “I am in a place where he cannot see me.” But I prayed to you, and you heard my loud cries for help.

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I think that all Christians experience certain times in their lives where it feels like God isn’t present; like He can’t see us. He must have walked away, or we must have slipped out of His view. Even David experienced a similar thought.

The Passion Translation says, “I spoke hastily when I said, ‘The Lord has deserted me.’” I love that version of this verse because it shows us David’s mistake in his thinking – and it encourages us to look at our misconceptions when we feel abandoned by the Lord.

Just as David realizes that the Lord hadn’t abandoned him, we’ll need to make the same realization if we want to fully rest in and trust Him. It’s easy to assume that because God isn’t jumping in immediately to change our circumstances, or even comfort us right away, that He’s out of touch. I do it all the time.

Bad news? Rough day? Terrible circumstances? All too often, I assume God can’t help me. But just as God reveled Himself to David, He does the same for me. He shows me that He not only sees me, He hears me. My prayers don’t go unheard, my cries don’t go unanswered.

When we find ourselves feeling alone, we can come back to David’s story as a reminder of God’s constant presence. The feeling or thought that God isn’t with us, can’t see us, and doesn’t hear us is nothing more than a lie. Let’s use today’s scripture and David’s story to identify and fight off that lie.

Write

Can you think of a circumstance or situation in your life, currently or in the past, that left you feeling like God couldn’t see you? Write about that experience, and identify where that lie started to form. Does today’s scripture change your perspective about God’s ability to see and watch over you? Why or why not?

Pray

For strength in the situation that you journaled about. If God has already redeemed you from a past situation, spend time worshiping Him for His constant goodness in your life.

Sweet Potato Brownies

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 9 Brownies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix using an electric mixer if available
  4. Once totally blended, spoon batter into pan
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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This batter won’t be as watery as normal brownie batter, and the consistency should be closer to putty

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