Coconut Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Cultivating Positive Beliefs & Coconut Smoothie Oatmeal Bowl

John 6:37 (icb)

The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them.

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Between the constant desire for approval and the Instagram highlight reel, here’s a truth that I’m very rarely honest or open about: I have a lot of self-doubt. I regularly feel:

Shame
Embarrassment
Unloved
Unaccepted
Unnoticed
Unheard
Unimportant
Weird
Like an outsider

If you’re honest, maybe you can relate? Maybe you feel that way too? On some level, I think most of us do. But here’s the good news; feelings aren’t facts. Let me dive a little deeper – your feelings are factual to you, meaning that they are actually occurring. But that doesn’t mean they’re based in truth.

When it comes to feelings, we need to have a ground zero, a control group. As Christians, that’s the Bible. It’s the place of absolute truth. From there, our feelings can certainly change, but our reality never will. In other words, we can absolutely feel unloved while being completely loved.

Go with me for a second here: you’re in the midst of an attack, so you and your friends decide to divide and conquer. You split up to each take on a battle. While you’re away, the leader of the enemy group is defeated and the war is over. You receive a message that it’s finished, and that you can come home, back to safety. All you have to do is walk away from the battle. Do you?

If you’re thinking that I’m crazy for even asking, I agree. But yet, so many of us choose to stay and fight when the war has already been won. The “Identity War” no longer threatens us, yet we continue to allow the enemy’s threats to scare us, guide us, and influence us. The feelings I mentioned earlier are simply empty threats.

But is it really as simple as just changing our beliefs? If you’ve ever tried to change your own mind about anything, you know how impossible it really feels. “Ice cream tastes awful.” I could say it a million times and still not believe it. It’s funny how a negative belief builds in an instant; I still think about the first time I remember being picked on as a little kid. Those derogatory comments still hang with me and make me question whether or not my teeth are actually too big – real talk. But it takes what feels like forever to build positive beliefs, doesn’t it?

But positive beliefs can be cultivated. To cultivate something means to nurture it and help it grow. That’s what our time in the Word and our time spent with Jesus does. If you read the Word regularly, you know that God tells us over and over and over again that we’re loved, chosen, accepted, desired, and important. And even though it will take much longer to build those positive beliefs, consistently connecting with the One who gives us our true identities will eventually get us there, and will bring us closer every day.

Whether or not I live like I’m loved and accepted doesn’t change the reality that I am loved and accepted. I can continue to fight a battle that’s already been won, or I can put down my pride, begin the somewhat long journey back to safety, and celebrate the One who gave me the freedom to stop fighting. It’s not easy to change our beliefs, but I know one thing for sure; it’s the only way that we’ll ever feel contentment. Because even if we choose to stay and fight, the battle is impossible for us to win, and even small victories in a battle like that one don’t offer satisfaction.

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What are some of the negative beliefs that you’re holding on to in your own life? What does God say about those thoughts? Spend some time searching the Word for God’s truth in regards to those specific beliefs. Try using Open Bible’s Topical Bible to quickly search for what the Bible says about a specific topic.

Pray

For the courage to choose safety in freedom instead of continuing to fight the battles.

Coconut Smoothie Oatmeal Bowl

2 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Smoothie Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (carton)
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place banana, oats, coconut milk, ice, extracts, and honey in a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream (optional)
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You can top this with any type of berries that you’d like, but keeping with the Memorial Day Weekend theme, I opted for strawberries and blueberries 🙂

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