Pumpkin Baked Oats

Discontent & Blueberry Pumpkin Baked Oats

Psalm 51:10 (erv)

God, create a pure heart in me, and make my spirit strong again.

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It’s the end of August, which means I’ve been writing this devotional daily for 8 months. I hope that it’s no secret that I feel a little, should I say… lost, at this point in my life. I don’t mean to replay the same tape over and over again, but I also want to be transparent when I say that my life is in absolutely shambles more often than not.

I’m almost 30, and I guess I always just assumed that by this point, I’d have it all together. Or at least have it together enough to pretend to have it all together. I had no idea that I’d be where I’m at right now. I’m not in a bad place, but I am in a messy one. Unorganized. Chaotic. Uncertain. Slightly fragile.

Maybe you’re here too, experiencing things that are so much different than you imagined they’d be. I guess the reason I write about these highs and lows of growing up so often is because I’m always comforted when I learn that others are going through, or have gone through, the same or similar feelings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve assumed that someone is completely at peace or getting it all right based on what I see on the surface, and then I learn that they’re actually flailing through life, just like me.

It’s not that I’d wish this discontentment on others, or that I’m happy that they’re experiencing it. It’s just that it’s sometimes nice to know that I’m not broken. Or, if I am, I’m not broken alone. I feel the same way when I read about David’s distress in the Psalms. A man who loved God, and was loved by God, was incredibly fragile and most of his days seemed to be filled with uncertainty. A man that God used to speak to every person that would read His Word regularly experienced highs and lows.

Joanna Weaver, Best-Selling Author of “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World“, has also had her share of stumbles, which she shares about frequently in her books. I just recently started reading her follow-up book, “Having a Mary Spirit“. In it, she says something insightful and encouraging.

“I don’t know what God is walking you through right now. But I suspect He’s been stirring in you a divine discontentment – a hunger for something more, a desire to be something more.” She goes on to say, “May I tell you that such spiritual discontentment is a gift from God? For He only stirs us when He wants to change us. He only makes us feel uneasy with where we are so we’re willing to do whatever it takes to get where He is.”

The discomforts that David felt, that Joanna Weaver writes about, that I’m feeling, the ones that you might be sitting in right now; they’re gifts. They’re an invitation and a catalyst for growth and change.

Write

Do you have any uneasiness or discontentment in your life? Write about them today in your journal.

Pray

Joanna Weaver ended the chapter I shared above with a prayer that was so beautifully written. Let’s take that prayer today and make it our own.

“Lord Jesus, I give You my life.
I invite You to have Your way in me.
Take me and break me. Shake me and make me.
Fill me and spill me. Change me and rearrange me.
But whatever you do, Lord…don’t leave me the same.
Spirit of wisdom and revelation, I welcome Your work.
Open my eyes so I can see…my ears so I can hear…
I choose truth over comfort, challenge over complacency.
Lord, make forever Yours.
And most of all, make me like You.
Amen.”

*Writing and prayer from Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver, Page 9.

Blueberry Pumpkin Baked Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • Blueberry Glaze
  • 2 teaspoons syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a bowl, mash banana until texture is smooth
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until combined
  5. Pour oat mixture into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes
  6. Blueberry Glaze
  7. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries and syrup/honey
  8. Heat over medium-high heat and stir consistently until berries begin to break down and liquify
  9. Lower heat to medium and continue to stir until it becomes mostly liquid
  10. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer
  11. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes
  12. Spoon blueberry jam on top of baked oats
  13. Cut into 4 squares/slices and serve
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