Pumpkin Zucchini Muffin Tops

Discipline and Correction & Zucchini Pumpkin Muffin Tops

Proverbs 3:12 (easy)

A father may be happy that his son is doing good things. But he will tell him if his son has done something wrong. The LORD will do the same to the people that he loves.

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Can I be really honest with you guys for a second? About a year ago, I dreamed up this blog, which at the time, I imagined as a book. And I thought that this would finally be my thing; the thing I was really successful at. Don’t get me wrong, I was always excited to spread the message of Jesus with everyone who clicked the link (or turned the page). But I had ulterior motives. I wanted to be good at writing, creating recipes, photographing food. I wanted a purpose for my life, an identity.

There was more tied to this project than just spreading the Word, which sounds crazy, because isn’t that more than enough? Shouldn’t it be? Anyway, over the past 9 months, God has shown me the true motives that were in my heart – some of them good and admirable, and some of them prideful and self-serving.

When I realized this, I went through a span of time where I no longer wanted to write FaithFull Mornings. I looked at the analytics for this website and I felt confused and disappointed, all while feeling guilty for feeling that way, because God had already shown me that my heart wasn’t completely in the right place.

When I thought about it, I just felt bad. But still, in the midst of the guilt and the doubt and the frustration, God reassured me that He wasn’t mad at me. He taught me that His love was different than human love. His discipline and His correction doesn’t come from a place of anger or even frustration with us. It comes from knowing exactly who He made us to be, and desiring for us to be that.

I spent so long feeling guilty for “disappointing God” and also fearing the next time that it would happen, because it undoubtedly would. And it wasn’t until this season of that the verse about discipline and instruction in Hebrews finally made sense.

“Our parents trained us for a little while. They did what they thought was best. But God trains us for our good. He wants us to share in his holiness (Hebrews 12:10 NIRV).”

Our good. It’s not about His pride or His ability to say, “because I said so.” His love is the fuel behind His discipline and teachings, which means we don’t need to have fear. Instead, we can embrace the times of growth, knowing that it’s only making us stronger and more like Jesus.

Write

Can you think of a time that you experienced God’s discipline or instruction? Did you feel loved from that experience, or did it cause you fear? Looking back now, can you see how God was using that for your good?

Pray

Ask the Lord to help you accept and embrace His teaching as you become more and more like Him through the process.

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Zucchini Pumpkin Muffin Tops

10 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

Serves 9 Muffin Tops

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Ensure all liquid is drained from zucchini by squeezing with clean hands or using a tea towel
  4. In a bowl, combine flour, sweetener, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and walnuts and mix
  5. In a separate bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, zucchini, almond milk, and extract and mix
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix gently just until combined
  7. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, spoon batter onto baking sheet, creating a cookie or "muffin top"
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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